Jesse Lingard: How rivalry with Marcus Rashford has helped Man United

Heather Diaz
February 8, 2019

"Ole Gunnar's a fantastic person", Rooney said. "We must be concentrated and strong, positive to show our personality during the game".

The Red Devils, following a awful start to their season under former manager Jose Mourinho, are now back to their usual standards since Norwegian tactician and former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the Old Trafford job. There are so many good players, (Paul) Pogba, (Marcus) Rashford; so many.

The hero of the 1999 UEFA Champions League final has turned Manchester United's fortunes into the good and has brought back the glory days at Old Trafford.

United sit just two points behind Chelsea and can end this weekend in fourth place if they beat struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage and Maurizio Sarri's team lose at Manchester City on Sunday.

Claudio Ranieri does not think Fulham's upcoming clash with Manchester United is a foregone conclusion, pointing out the Red Devils' unbeaten run must end at some point.

In contrast, Fulham are seven points from safety and have won only once in their last five league games, but Ranieri does not think his team should be completely written off.

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"Marcus and me have been setting targets for each other to challenge ourselves", Lingard said.

The calming and edifying presence of Solskjaer has worked wonders for a kid who, under Mourinho, looked petrified in the box a lot of the time, clearly conscious of the retribution in store for him from his former manager.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Real Madrid chief Zinedine Zidane were the bookmakers' top contenders following Mourinho's exit.

The new agreement would keep him at Old Trafford until 2024 and make him one of the Premier League's highest paid stars.

"If I'm being honest, quality wise I can still play in the Premier League".

This means that the Norwegian has the upper hand when it comes to the inner workings of the club, meaning that he could get on with things straight away when he took over from Mourinho. "His career's open, and I wish him all the best".

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