Jose Mourinho hails ‘fantastic’ Jesse Lingard after he hits 11th goal of the season vs Derby

by Harry Robinson

Jesse Lingard is benefitting from a ‘moment of confidence’, according to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.

The English forward has scored or assisted 10 goals in his last 11 games in all competitions. He’s in the best form of his life and has been a gamechanger in four games with his goals since the end of November.

He scored a screaming half-volley after taking just one touch from a Paul Pogba lay-off on the edge of the box to put Man United in front against Derby County in the FA Cup.

The Reds finished 2-0 winners but Lingard’s strike, which swerved beautifully into the top right corner, in the final 10 minutes was the gamechanging moment as United had been frustrated, despite creating a number of chances, in the opening 80 minutes.

“It was a great shot by Jesse Lingard in the top corner,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.

“He’s in a moment of confidence where things go well for him.

“He’s a good professional and a fantastic kid in the dressing room.”

The individual brilliance of Lingard changed the game for United yet again. He sealed a win for the Reds away at Watford with a wonderful solo goal, masterminded a ruthless win at the Emirates with two goals against Arsenal and scored a brace against Burnley to rescue a draw for United.

That’s all in the last six weeks. It’s been a stunning few weeks for him.

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