Mourinho hails Lingard after wonder goal fires United

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But the French worldwide was far more impressive in the 2-0 victory at Everton on New Year's Day, which ended a run of three consecutive United draws and put the Red Devils 12 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City. "It's just the way football is".

"Paul [Pogba] tries to do his best all the time. I know he's a Manchester guy - he came through the Academy, he knows the club and what it's like to be a United player".

Lingard, now has scored his seventh goal in his last nine Premier League appearances to aid United's 2-0 win against Everton on Sunday. Subs: Aaron Lennon (for Bolasie, 62) 5, James McCarthy (for Rooney, 62) 6, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (for Niasse, 81) 5.Manchester United: David de Gea 5, Victor Lindelof 5, Phil Jones 6, Marcos Rojo 6, Luke Shaw 6, Paul Pogba 7, Nemanja Matic 6, Jesse Lingard 6, Juan Mata 7, Ander Herrera 5, Anthony Martial 6.

"But not every one of us has to be phenomenal like he was as a player".

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.

Mourinho has been sufficiently backed since taking over at Old Trafford 18 months ago. We found a way to play without a player like Lukaku or like Zlatan with more dynamic and more freedom.

Wayne Rooney in focus against Manchester United

PAUL SCHOLES, the former Manchester United midfielder, speaking to BT Sport as a pundit after United's 0-0 draw against Southampton on Saturday.

However, United's legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, stayed faithful and hopeful about the Englishman's potential, despite the criticism that was aimed at the young starlet back when he was just 19 years of age. 'If one day Paul decides to be a manager, I wish he can be 25 per cent as successful as myself, ' he said. If he's 25%, he'll be quite happy.

United have been linked with a number of players in the transfer window, but Mourinho remained non-committal in terms of additions in January.

Fierce defences of his players have always been as staple in Mourinho's time-honoured principles as setting up robust defences, both of which finally returned at Goodison yesterday.

"I believe you make the decisions but I also believe that some clubs or some managers have good friends in the right chairs and I don't have them". That followed suit under Jose and this year, he has finally stitched together a series of key performances that has seen him start more games than the much fancied Armenian in Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

United now sit at the second place in the Premier League table, 12 points behind their rivals Manchester City - having played one extra game than City and third-placed Chelsea.