Jesse Lingard enjoyed his best season for Manchester United in 2017-18 then had a good World Cup with England, scoring their best goal of the tournament against Panama.
However, he started this campaign looking like a shadow of the player he had been, and hasn’t played for the club since September.
Jose Mourinho confirmed that Lingard is ready to return against Bournemouth this weekend and the player has today reflected on his time out.
Obviously I played a lot of games last season and went straight into the World Cup. I played most of the games there and my body was fatigued. My groin started playing up a bit, on the bone, so I had to be careful with that.
For the first few games [of the current season], it limited me in a way and I couldn’t perform to my maximum. I knew I had to stop and rest it for a while. I’ve done that now and feel 100 per cent and raring to go against Bournemouth.
I think if I’d carried on, it’d have got worse. There is still a lot of the season to play and I thought I’d rather get the rest now. Rest up and recover it well for the upcoming matches.