In­jury-free Lin­gard is rar­ing to go

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

Manch­ester United’s Jesse Lin­gard is de­ter­mined to “bounce back” from a frus­trat­ing start to the sea­son.

The 25-year-old es­tab­lished him­self as a key player for club and coun­try last sea­son as Jose Mour­inho’s men fin­ished Pre­mier League and FA Cup run­ners-up, be­fore help­ing Eng­land reach the World Cup semi-fi­nals.

Lin­gard’s ex­er­tions came at a cost, though, as a groin in­jury that he had car­ried since Rus­sia lied him low for a month, with the at­tack­ing mid­fielder only scor­ing his first United goal of the sea­son when se­cur­ing Wed­nes­day’s 2-2 draw at home to Ar­se­nal.

“We didn’t get much rest ob­vi­ously in the sum­mer af­ter the World Cup, so com­ing back there’s al­ways go­ing to be lit­tle nig­gles here and there,” the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional said.

“Ob­vi­ously it got to a point where I couldn’t carry on, so that break did me well and I am rar­ing to go now.

“It was an en­joy­able sum­mer and a good sea­son for me on a per­sonal level last sea­son.

“I wanted to kick­start this sea­son in the same form and ob­vi­ously you have set­backs through­out the sea­son, but it’s how you bounce back.”

The same goes for United as a whole, hav­ing limped through re­cent weeks.

Mour­inho’s men sit eighth in the league and eight points off the Cham­pi­ons League spots af­ter the en­ter­tain­ing draw with Unai Emery’s side.

Asked if there was still con­fi­dence within the dress­ing room of reach­ing the top four, Lin­gard said: “Yeah, I think we be­lieve as a squad.

“It’s a long way to go in the sea­son, so for us it’s about tak­ing ev­ery game as it comes and try­ing to get the three points. That’s the main thing.”

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