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Jesse Lingard: Jose Mourinho made me a winner – but he ‘didn’t want to know’ about my injury misfortune

Lingard played under Mourinho at United and had a fruitful relationship with the current Roma boss, winning the League Cup and Europa League in 2017.

However, in an interview with the Players’ Tribune, Lingard revealed that his career began to decline after returning from a starring role at the 2018 World Cup and a groin problem.

“Mourinho was Manchester United manager at the time and … well, he didn’t really like his players being injured,” Lingard said. “He didn’t want to know it.

“And I’m like, ‘It’s not my fault, is it, boss?

“Me and Jose have had a good relationship overall, though.

“He was good to me. Before all the injuries, he trusted me, made me participate in important games. We won trophies and he made me a winner.

“But in terms of injuries, yeah, it was difficult because he didn’t want to hear it.”

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Lingard’s career was held back and was only really revived with his loan to West Ham last season.

Lingard’s form to help the Hammers qualify for Europe forced him to return to England ahead of Euro 2020, but after being called up to Gareth Southgate’s provisional tournament squad he was left out of the Last 26, an omission that left him in tears.

“In June, I really thought I had done enough to qualify for the last 26 of the Euro,” he added. “Obviously I respected Gareth’s decision, but when I called to tell my brother, well… I cried.”

Lingard also cites his loan to West Ham as a big part of his recovery after his new teammates insisted he didn’t retreat to his phone or listen to music when he was in and around. the team.

“It was like that all over West Ham, correct conversations about everything,” he said. “No phone, no social networks. More than mm-hmm.