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Manchester United news: 'We believe as a squad' – Jesse Lingard remains upbeat on top-four hopes



Jose Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure and cast doubt over his side’s hopes, but the England man remains positive about their chances

Jesse Lingard believes there is still plenty of time for Manchester United to make up ground in their fight for Champions League qualification. 

United currently sit eighth, eight points back of the top four, following Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at home to fifth-placed Arsenal.  

Goals from Anthony Martial and Lingard helped rescue a point for Jose Mourinho’s side against the Gunners, but the Red Devils’ winless streak in the league is now up to four games, the club’s last win coming against Bournemouth in early November.  

Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure in recent weeks, having claimed the club will need something close to a miracle to finish in the top four .  

Lingard remains positive however, and thinks the side have plenty of time to get back into the running.  

“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,” the England forward said.  

“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 per cent in each game.” 

The 25-year-old also sees the performance against Arsenal as proof that the players in the team are ready to cope with the pressure and have the belief that they can push for a Champions League place.  

“I think we believe as a squad,” he said. “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 while the season has not gotten off to the best of starts for the club or for Lingard personally, the attacker says he’s recovered from his World Cup exertions and is now “raring to go”.  

“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,” he said. 

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“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.” 

Mourinho’s side will get a chance to get back to winning ways against Fulham on Saturday, with the Cottagers entering the match rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table. 



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