Jesse Lingard believes that Manchester United must approach the Arsenal game with a winning mentality.
Manchester United was blown apart by Liverpool last night. The Red Devils were lucky to concede only four goals as Liverpool was the better side from start to finish.
Both Manchester United and Arsenal are level on the same points with the latter facing Chelsea tonight at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal has lost three matches in a row and a defeat against Chelsea tonight will further push them away from a top-four finish.
The Manchester United attacker replaced injured Paul Pogba in the first half of the Liverpool game, He believes his side can regroup and approach the Saturday game with a winning Mindset to keep their top-four hopes alive
What did Jesse say?
Speaking on MUTV, the England international said his side has to press and stay up high as they did in the second half of the Liverpool game.
“There was nothing to lose. For us as players, we just had to press, stay up, stay high, press them and they’d make mistakes,”
“We were doing that for the first 25, 30 minutes [of the second half] and putting Liverpool under pressure. We nearly created some chances from that so we’ve got to start with the right mindset of pressing and being intense from the get-go. Otherwise, you’re going to fall back into shape and the other team is going to keep the ball so you’ve got to put pressure on the ball.
“Liverpool is a good team but I think in the second half we started a little bit brighter, we were on the front foot a bit more and it gave us that intensity.”
Lingard believes with hard work and determination, Manchester United edged out Arsenal and kept their Champions League dream alive.
“We’ve got a big game coming up. We’ve got to regroup fast this week, it’s a big three points on Saturday,” said Jesse.
“It’s another free hit and we’ll go there with the mindset of winning, staying on the front foot, being intense, doing the basics, and having that energy to go and win the game. We need to work hard first before we can start playing. Win your individual battles and then you’ll win the game hopefully.
“We’ll work hard throughout this week. However we train reflects how we play, so we can increase the energy and intensity in training to help that.”
Lingard also added he is ready to give out his 100% if he is called upon in the match.
“I’m always ready. Coming on, I knew my role, I knew my job straight away and I wanted to do my best for the team. Every time I step on the pitch, every time I put a United shirt on, I want to give 110 percent. Bring energy to the team, do the pressing.
“For me, I just want to play football. It was great to play against Norwich, I enjoyed it. I was getting into the rhythm of the game but got brought off. For this game, I was expecting to start again but then Paul got injured and I came on early enough to play most of the game anyway. I’m always ready, I’m always confident to play. As I said, as soon as I step on the pitch, I give 110 percent for the shirt.”