Jesse Lingard has opened up about playing under Jose Mourinho, heaping praise on the Portuguese for placing faith in youngsters this season.
The Englishman, who enjoyed an impressive breakthrough campaign at Old Trafford last year, has made 29 appearances so far under Mourinho, claiming five goals in all competitions.
He was awarded a new four-year contract – which will see his salary treble to £100,000 a week – on Thursday after impressing the 54-year-old with his work rate this season.
And Lingard, speaking soon after putting pen to paper on his new deal, was quick to make note of the positive impact engendered by Mourinho this season.
“We know his resumé and the fact he’s won a lot of trophies,” Lingard told MUTV. “It’s obviously great to work with him. He’s put trust in the young players this season.”
Lingard’s new deal has served as a source of frustration for many. The idea of a ‘flashy’ 24-year-old earning a six-figure weekly salary is anathema to a large section of the British public for some reason; the idea of anybody living their dream, in fact, is too much for some to handle.
But one can take an important lesson from Lingard’s new deal: that consistent hard work, dedication to the cause and raw expression on the pitch, as demonstrated by the Englishman, will always be rewarded by Mourinho.