Jesse Lingard has suggested that Manchester United are too complacent against the Premier League’s lesser sides, admitting that their ‘mentality changes’.
Manchester United‘s form has been somewhat of an enigma this season, the Red Devils picking up 14 points against the likes of Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, and Leicester, though only managing to pick up 11 points against the rest of the division.
Their impressive back-to-back victories over Spurs and Man City recently were followed by a 1-1 draw against Everton and a 2-0 loss to Watford, the Hornets currently sitting rock bottom at the foot of the Premier League, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side deadly on the counter-attack, but seemingly unable to break down side’s with a lower block.
Harry Maguire has previously admitted that he can’t put his finger on the reasons behind Manchester United’s topsy-turvy form, though Jesse Lingard has offered a suggestion – complacency.
“It’s strange,” Lingard told the Mail. “Maybe it’s a mindset thing. Maybe it’s our mentality going into the match thinking we’ve already won the game.
“If we keep the consistency and mentality we had against City and Tottenham, I don’t see why we can’t win every game.
“It seems like our mentality changes. To keep that consistency throughout the rest of the season when we come against the mid-table teams, we need to have the same mentality that we did going into the City and Tottenham game.
“When we start with energy and on the front foot, we’ll cause team problems all day long.”
United face Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, Steve Bruce’s side having equalled Manchester United’s 25 point haul this season.