Jesse Lingard: Manchester United's own finally shining at the big stage

Jesse Lingard: Manchester United's own finally shining at the big stage

"One thing is to be a young talent, another thing is to be a very good player", Mourinho said. It was a welcome tonic for Mourinho amid reports the United manager is beginning to lose the support of his players after branding them "childish" and "immature" and admitting the squad needs major investment to catch City.

Ahead of United's 0-0 draw against Southampton in the final game of 2017, Gary Neville addressed a crowd at Hotel Football during the prematch meal.

The Class of 92 was made of a number of players but are mostly known for the club legends such as the Neville brothers, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham.

United actually looked OK going forward without Lukaku and Ibrahimovic and now Mourinho has dropped a surprise truth bomb about his two strikers.

Mourinho respects Scholes as a “phenomenal” player he does not have time for his punditry
Mourinho respects Scholes as a “phenomenal” player he does not have time for his punditry

Turning specifically to Scholes' criticism of Pogba, Mourinho added: "I think the only thing Paul Scholes does is criticise". I think Scholes will be in history as a phenomenal player, not as a pundit. He has been stressing on the fact that the club has spent money on important players like Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku but nothing like the amount on a collective level like City. That doesn't all mean we have to be phenomenal. In a paragraph entitled "Jose Mourinho will leave Manchester United", football writer Daniel Storey wrote, "Ah yes, the elephant in the room".

United produced a dominant second-half display at Goodison Park to record their first victory in five matches following goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard. But it was clear by the end of the Bournemouth game that a lot of those lads were worn out and would not really recover sufficiently in 48 hours to get the energy and performance we needed against Manchester United. 'So 25 is around six trophies. In my mind Paul Scholes is a phenomenal player, one of the best I've ever seen playing in midfield.

For too long, United have found themselves burdened and even dictated by the say-so of Scholes, Ryan Giggs and the Neville brothers, but the tables may finally be turning with the former Chelsea boss. "Our performance was really good so maybe I'm lucky this time and the kings of rock and roll that said I wasn't performing last month will say I'm performing now", he said. "If he is 25% he will be quite happy". "He was all over the pitch, he was tackling, he was fighting, he was sprinting to people, he was scoring goals from 25 yards out", said Scholes.

While United believe they can make up the difference between themselves and Pep Guardiola's side, it seems as though Mourinho's headline-grabbing remarks about the club's spending have not gone unnoticed.

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