Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lingard Centre of Attention for Mourinho

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lingard Centre of Attention for Mourinho

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JOSE Mourinho suggested Jesse Lingard's man-of-the-match display against Swansea was down to a change of position.

The United academy graduate played in a more central role as part of a 3-5-2 formation and scored twice to down the Swans and earn a Carabao Cup quarter-final berth.

Lingard was used as a playmaker in the defeat by Huddersfield, and has previously featured out wide for United.

But Mourinho hinted that his free role at the Liberty Stadium, which allowed the 24-year-old to roam as a second striker alongside Marcus Rashford, was key to his success.

The United manager, whose side will find out their quarter-final opponents today, said: "Jesse played well and played with a lot of freedom.

"We tried to give him good protection behind with the experience of Ander Herrera and strength of Scott McTominay. …

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