Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Jesse Lingard: How rivalry with Marcus Rashford has helped Man United

Jesse Lingard: How rivalry with Marcus Rashford has helped Man United

The Red Devils have been in impressive form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the reins of the club from Jose Mourinho in December.

"As long as we're winning games that's all that matters".

He told CNN: "It'd be nice to see Ole Gunnar continue with this form and get a shot at the job on a permanent basis".

Saturday's fixture at Craven Cottage represents the start of a period that is expected to influence whether Solksjaer remains at Old Trafford - in the coming weeks they also face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Former England captain Wayne Rooney, who helped revitalise one of Major League Soccer's original superpowers when he joined D.C. United previous year, still feels he possesses the quality to compete in the Premier League.

However, United's form under the Norwegian has sparked some reports that the job may now be given to their former striker instead.

The hero of the 1999 UEFA Champions League final has turned Manchester United's fortunes into the good and has brought back the glory days at Old Trafford. There are so many good players, (Paul) Pogba, (Marcus) Rashford; so many.

Manchester United are in fifth place in the Premier League table and two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea FC.

Having netted the victor in United's 1-0 victory at Leicester last weekend, Rashford has now scored in six of his side's eight league games under Solskjaer.

Lingard lifted the lid on how the Manchester United pair have been setting each other targets in games.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Real Madrid chief Zinedine Zidane were the bookmakers' top contenders following Mourinho's exit.

Molde managing director Oystein Neerland told Sportsmail last month that there is no agreement beyond May 12 for Solskjaer to remain at United.

It's the first time United have won four straight league away games since April 2017, a sequence of wins that had only occurred twice in the post-Ferguson era.

"If I'm being honest, quality wise I can still play in the Premier League".

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