Paul Scholes causes a stir with comments about Man Utd's Jesse Lingard

Manchester United v West Ham United - The Emirates FA Cup Sixth Round

It's coming home - or so every England fan thinks following Sunday's 6-1 win over Panama.

Gareth Southgate's men were phenomenal at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium and showed that they really do mean business at this summer's World Cup.

Harry Kane shot to the top of the goalscorer's chart with a hat-trick while John Stones grabbed two and Jesse Lingard scored the goal of the game.

In the 36th minute, the Manchester United man played a neat one-two with Raheem Sterling, cut inside and curled a stunning strike into top corner.

England's attack has looked menacing in their opening two games and it has to be said that Lingard has been a standout player.

Whereas Sterling has struggled somewhat, Lingard has linked up well with his teammates and come close to scoring on a number of occasions.

It's exciting to see England's players playing so well together and now Paul Scholes has given an interesting take on why Lingard has performed so well in Russia.


According to the United legend, Lingard's form for England is because Gareth Southgate shows more trust in him than Jose Mourinho does. Right then.

"Jesse is a great player. I worked a lot with Jesse," said Scholes in the video below. "He was a late developer and the coaches have to realise that.

"Warren Joyce, brilliant coach at the Under-23s, he realised Jesse would need more time.

"It took me ages. I was always the last out of our group to get a game just because people develop at different times.

"His (Lingard's) form for England has been fantastic. I think, possibly, the manager for England has a little bit more belief in him than his club manager (Mourinho).

"When things aren't going well at Manchester United he's the first man taken off, but with England I think Gareth really believes in him and gives him confidence.

"He's really flourishing and thriving in that atmosphere."

Scholes' comments about Lingard and Mourinho's relationship hasn't gone down too well with United fans, who have been slammed the former midfielder in the replies section.

Perhaps they have a point. Lingard started 20 games for United in the Premier League last season and scored a number of important goals, so trust can't be that much of an issue.

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