Jesse Lingard opens up on family problems that affected Man Utd season

Jesse Lingard has opened up further on the personal and family issues that have affected his performances with Manchester United over the past season or two.

The United midfielder has struggled on the field for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and been the recipient of some fierce criticism, but has revealed more recently that a number of off-field problems were having an impact.

He has now confirmed his mother’s depression and having to take care of his two younger siblings affected him greatly.

Lingard finished the campaign on a high as he scored the second goal in United’s 2-0 victory over Leicester – that helped the club secure a top three finish in the Premier League – and admitted “I lost who I was as a player and person” in a personal message to fans.

He added: “I know the fans have been frustrated but in all this time my love for this club and everyone connected to it has never left me.”

Now, speaking to BBC presenter Maya Jama as part of the #SoundOfSupport series, Lingard opened up further as the pair encouraged people to speak out about mental health issues.

Lingard said: “I was the type of guy that liked to bottle things up, keep everything to myself, but various things happened and I felt it was the right time to speak out.

“Last season, I was going through some things off the field with my family so it was difficult for me to perform on the field. 

I’m very family-orientated and my mum was going through some things last year with depression… she went to London to get that sorted out so in the meantime, I had to look after my little brother and sister who are 12 and 15. 

“I was still performing at the same time. You just get to that point where you’re like, ‘I’ve got to actually say something here’. I spoke to my family and stuff like that. It felt so much better.”


Manchester Evening News