Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have had a torrid start to the Premier League campaign this year. Following Jesse Lingard’s equalizer in the midweek fixture against Arsenal, the Old Trafford side are reeling at the 8th spot of the league table. And truth be told, it seems unlikely that the English giants, who are eight points behind the 4th placed Chelsea, would eventually make it to the top four.
However, Lingard himself seems to have a very positive mindset about the future of the season. The English international got his first top flight goal of the season against the Gunners. It was a crucial one as the strike ensured one point for his side. But, unfortunately, that could not give a victory to United who are now winless in four Premier League games on the trot.
As Manchester United are getting ready to face Fulham on Saturday afternoon, Lingard talked about the team’s chances to finish in the top four.
“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,” said the Mancunian.
“Especially this month there’s a lot of games, so we need everyone in the squad to be fully fit. Obviously, there will be a lot of rotation but everyone is there to play and show 100 percent in each game.”
Lingard further pointed out that it is not only him, but the whole team believe that they can achieve that Champions League spot, “We’re in it as a team. We had to put on a performance [against Arsenal] for the fans and show the passion on the pitch for them.
“There’s always pressure on people’s shoulders when it comes to Man United and it’s how you deal with the pressure. And as footballers, we just enjoy our football and want to win games. That’s the main thing,” the 25 year old added.
It remains to see whether Mourinho can pull magic out of his sleeve in the coming days. He has already managed to take the team to the second round of the Champions League, with still one group match (against Valencia) remaining. In the British top flight, after the Fulham match, Manchester United will face Liverpool, Cardiff City, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle in the festive Premier League month.