Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal told players to ignore the fans at half-time during their Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night.
As reported by the Manchester Evening News, Lingard, who has come to prominence under the guidance of the revered Dutch boss in recent weeks, claims his manager told the players to be patient in their pursuit of breaking down their European counterparts.
After a first-half stalemate at Old Trafford, the Red Devils had gone over six hours without scoring a goal, but Van Gaal's side went on to secure all three points to send them top of Group B. United struck the winner with just 12 minutes remaining as captain Wayne Rooney headed home Lingard's cross in style.
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When asked what Van Gaal's message to the United players at half-time was, Lingard stated: "Just to keep going and perform the same as the first half. Be patient, ignore the fans and keep playing your own game."
And Lingard has insisted that he was attempting to 'get the crowd on their feet' throughout proceedings in Manchester.
He continued by saying: "I was trying to be as direct as I could and get the crowd on their feet.
"Obviously I had to be direct at the right time, so we had to be patient sometimes. I’m glad the goal came."
It's a crucial period for Lingard; at 22-years-old, the technically gifted midfielder must progress sooner rather than later. He is finally being handed a chance to prove his credentials in the United first-team, but it remains to be seen as to whether he will be able to produce the goods on the grandest stage.
He's certainly a player the Red Devils faithful should get excited about. Direct, classy, with bags of pace, Lingard has the skill and nous to go from strength-to-strength over the coming years.
Van Gaal has come in for criticism recently, but you have to admire him for showing faith in the youngster.
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