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Bruno Fernandes Launches Passionate Defence Of Manchester United Teammate Jesse Lingard

Bruno Fernandes Launches Passionate Defence Of Manchester United Teammate Jesse Lingard

Bruno Fernandes has leapt to the defence of Manchester United teammate Jesse Lingard following his performance against Leicester City on Sunday.

Lingard came on as a second half substitute in the 2-0 victory and netted the second in injury time, his first Premier League goal since December 2018.

The England international has faced huge criticism this season from fans and Fernandes wanted to set the record straight following the game.

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"Of course after when Leicester are behind they try to attack because they need to score twice but we did very well, we defend well and you see in the last minute we never stop the fight and Jesse is doing an amazing job," the Portuguese international told MUTV.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"Of course it's a mistake from the keeper also but if Jesse doesn't go there the goal doesn't come so it's for this we work.

"For me Jesse deserved this goal because of what he works for all week, for all the comments everyone is saying about him and other players because they don't play too much or they don't play good enough.

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"I think this is the reason Jesse scored because we're training hard, training hard to help all the team."

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Lingard has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer and four Premier League clubs are reportedly interested.

Fernandes opened the scoring at the King Power Stadium from the penalty spot and it took him to 10 goals in 20 games since arriving in January.

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His arrival helped reignite United's season and they'll now play Champions League football next season after finishing third.

When asked about his goal contributions, the 25-year-old replied: "I think the most important one will be the next.

"I'm always thinking about the next one. I'm happy, all goals are important in different ways.

"It was important for us and for me to score this goal because it gives us the chance to be more calm in the game."

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Image Credit: PA

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side return to action next month when they take on LASK in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie.

Do you think Jesse Lingard will still be a Manchester United player next season?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Topics: Bruno Fernandes, Football News, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, Jesse Lingard

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.