The Red Devils midfielder admits Jose Mourinho’s side have endured “dips” this season, with the club struggling to meet their own high standards
Jesse Lingard considers Manchester United to be “the biggest club in the world” and admits they have failed to live up to expectations so far this season.
As the most decorated side in English football during the Premier League era, any “dips” by the Red Devils are dissected in minute detail.
Unfortunately for those at Old Trafford, there have been more wobbles than they would have liked since Sir Alex Ferguson slipped into retirement.
Jose Mourinho is the man currently charged with the task of trying to rekindle former glories, but he is finding the going tough in 2018-19 as United continue to drop points with alarming frequency.
Lingard told Sky Sports of the demands placed on the Red Devils: “We’re the biggest club in the world and United are expected to beat teams 3-0 and 4-0.
“But sometimes you have dips and you come back from that. It’s how you react to all the noise, the press and stuff like that.
“Things happen in football and things change really quickly so after the performance the other night, it can give us a bit of a boost to kick on for the rest of the season.”
United drew 2-2 with Arsenal in their last outing, with Mourinho’s men responding quickly to falling behind on two occasions to claim a share of the spoils.
A stalemate with the Gunners has stretched a winless run in the Premier League to four games, but a meeting with rock-bottom Fulham is next up and Lingard insists everybody is raring to go.
The England international added: “Once you’re on the pitch and you’ve put the shirt on, it’s then down to you to perform and play well.
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“As long as you are putting 100 per cent in week in, week out, no one can say anything.
“Everyone is always ready to play, everyone is always ready to give their all and no matter what team we put out, we’re ready to do that job.”
United, who sit eighth in the table at present, have an eight-point gap to bridge if they are to force their way back into contention for a top-four finish and need key men to start producing on a more consistent basis.