Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has revealed that he is pleased with a good relationship with former boss Jose Mourinho.
The ‘special’ managed United between 2016-18 and despite leaving Old Trafford under the cloud, winner of the club’s last silver pieces; an EFL Cup and Europa League double in 2017.
“Jose and I have a good relationship in general, however, I will say,” the United star explained in detail. The Tribune of Players.
“He was good to me. Before all the injury, he trusted me, put me up for important games. We won trophies and he played me. He can only bring that side to you.
“He also likes to have a personal connection with his players. Sometimes I look at my phone and I get a random FaceTime from him. Nowhere – just to be able to check in.
“Earlier I felt it was weird. He called and it would be like, ‘Hey Jesse, what are you doing?’ And I want to be, ‘Erm, just chilling, watching TV … (hard silence) … what are you doing?’
“Hahaha! I found it funny. And, to be fair, it showed how much he cares about us.”
Lingard also expressed his disappointment about losing being part of the England squad for the Euros.
The 28-year-old is pleased with the shape of his life at West Ham after joining the club on loan in January, scoring an impressive nine goals in 16 appearances.
However, despite being part of Gareth Southgate’s temporary squad he did not make the final selection.
He added: “In June, I really thought I had done enough to get into the last 26 for the Euros. I clearly respect Gareth’s decision, but when I rang to tell my brother, I cried.”