Jesse Lingard explains how Jose Mourinho inspired Manchester United comeback vs Burnley

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Jesse Lingard has explained how Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho inspired the team’s comeback from 2-0 down against Burnley yesterday.

The Red Devils looked set for defeat on Boxing Day after a poor performance at home to Sean Dyche’s high-flying side.

United were 2-0 down at half time and still trailing 2-1 as the game went into stoppage time, but Lingard came off the bench to rescue a point with a brace.

Speaking afterwards, the 25-year-old explained that Mourinho told his players never to give up on fighting back despite the difficult situation, and it clearly had the right effect as the team improved noticeably in the second half of the match.

‘(Mourinho’s message) was always believe,’ Lingard told MUTV. ‘Never give up.

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‘We knew we had another 45 minutes to play so we had to be patient, keep moving the ball, moving Burnley about, and eventually we created two clear-cut chances which we scored from.

‘We always have that fighting spirit, that never-give-up attitude and we’ll see where it gets us.’

Lingard also discussed his fine recent goalscoring form and admits he’s benefiting from being played in a slightly different role for United.

He added: ‘This role, further inside, allows me to be closer to the striker, to get in the box, create more things and obviously have more shots at goal.’

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