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Lingard looking to ‘kick on’ after difficult start to season

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has said he is looking to ‘kick on’ after a tough start to the season.

Lingard has been one of the very few success stories at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho’s management, with the academy graduate becoming a key figure under the Portuguese boss, scoring 13 goals in 48 appearances last season, his most productive campaign ever.

He was a key figure for England at this summers World Cup but has been struggling with a few injuries since his return to his club which has restricted him to just seven Premier League starts this season.

However, he is back to full fitness and netted his first goal of the season in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday, and the 25-year-old is looking forward to progressing this season.

“Coming off the World Cup, I played a lot of games over the course of last season and it kind of took its toll,” Lingard told reporters after the Arsenal draw.

“We didn’t get much rest obviously in the summer after the World Cup, so coming back there’s always going to be little niggles here and there.

“Obviously it got to a point where I couldn’t carry on, so that break has been good for me and I am raring to go now. I wasn’t really 100 per cent fit, but I’m fully fit now and I can’t wait to kick on.

“It was an enjoyable summer and a good season for me on a personal level last season. I wanted to kickstart this season in the same form and obviously you have setbacks throughout, but it’s how you bounce back.”

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