Lingard: 'Players are at fault for slump not the manager'
Jesse Lingard insists Manchester United's players are to blame for the club's poor form this season, rather than manager Louis van Gaal.
United recorded back-to-back wins for just the second time in three months on Tuesday after they beat Stoke 3-0.
The excellent display of vibrant attacking football was in complete contrast to most of the performances under Van Gaal this season.
For most of the campaign, the Red Devils have been ponderous in possession and weak in front of goal.
That combination has left them fifth in the table and has caused Van Gaal to feel the ire of the supporters on several occasions, but Lingard is adamant the manager is not to blame for United's current predicament.
"With the results, it's not the manager's fault," said the United midfielder, who put the hosts one up against the Potters with his third goal for the club. We are the ones who have been on the pitch playing. On Tuesday, you've seen that we can get results we need if we put our mind to it."
Should any more criticism come from the stands, Lingard believes he and his team-mates should ignore it. "We can't let the fans influence how we play. We are on the pitch. We have to play the game as we see it at the time," he said.