Jose Mourinho says Manchester United's Jesse Lingard making 'jump' to greatness

Jose Mourinho says Manchester United's Jesse Lingard making 'jump' to greatness

Jose Mourinho took a swipe at Paul Scholes and other critics after Manchester United got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at Everton. Lingard's contribution wrapped up United's first win in four games after a run of draws had left them lagging behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

England worldwide Lingard reached double figures for the season by crashing home his seventh goal in nine games to cap a 2-0 victory over Everton on New Year's Day.

The match saw Morgan Schneiderlin feature against his former club, as the France global midfielder lined up against the Red Devils.

The Portuguese boss was not in any way subtle of his scolding of Scholes, who made 718 appearances for United and won 25 trophies across a 20-year senior spell at Old Trafford.

United went away with all three points after top quality strikes from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard but the 23-year-old keeper believes Everton could have done more as a team to keep Jose Mourinho's team at bay.

Mourinho, however, chose to look at the positives, even citing his side's League Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of second-tier Bristol City, reported British media.

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"One thing is to be a young talent, another thing is to be a very good player", Mourinho said.

United insiders have now also hinted that some discussions have taken place inside the corridors of power about Mourinho's potential longevity at the Theatre of Dreams, with some influential voices now beginning to question if he can win over his doubters.

"If somebody comes, welcome, if nobody is coming we are going to fight with the players we have".

"We had to follow the protocol and protect the player so we decided not to play him".

The Red Devils now have six first team players sidelined through injury and, with fixtures coming thick and fast, Mourinho admitted that it is hard to rotate and give players the required rest.

"If Paul [Scholes] decides to be a manager one day, I wish that he can be 25% as successful as myself". "If he can do that he will be quite happy, but in my mind Paul Scholes is one of the best players I have ever seen playing in midfield". "Every day I try to do my best". He gave so much to my club that I can only thank him for that. "I can not say", the Portuguese coach added.