Jose Mourinho says Manchester United's Jesse Lingard making 'jump' to greatness

Jose Mourinho says Manchester United's Jesse Lingard making 'jump' to greatness

The goalkeeper had been beaten only twice in seven previous league games, but Everton lost two matches in quick succession over the festive period, a 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth on December 30 before Manchester United won 2-0 at Goodison Park on New Year's day.

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at midfield legend Paul Scholes over his recent comments about Paul Pogba.

Following the 2-0 win over Everton on Monday, United boss Mourinho said: "The only thing Scholes does is criticise". "I think he's matured as a player and we are very happy with him because he's helping the team with important goals". Fixture congestion is that much more of an issue when you're so unwilling to mix things up and give your most exhausted players a much-needed break, despite Anthony Martial (who took his opener superbly) and Marcus Rashford providing extremely attractive - albeit very different - alternative options. Exhausted people, not many players to rotate, we could anticipate that Sam [Allardyce] was going to make a lot of changes. In a paragraph entitled "Jose Mourinho will leave Manchester United", football writer Daniel Storey wrote, "Ah yes, the elephant in the room". I think Scholes will be in history as a phenomenal player, not as a pundit.

With his pantomime arrogance, Mourinho then really hammed it up, by adding: "If one day Paul (Scholes) decides to be a manager, I wish he can be 25 per cent as successful as myself. There are 25 titles, so 25 percent would be about 6 titles, which would be very good", Mourinho concluded.

It's possible that Lukaku plays in both matches.

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The legendary Englishman has indeed criticised the club heavily since turning into a pundit and some speculate it's due to him wanting Ryan Giggs to become the next manager.

Lingard, the oldest of the group, has often been considered the least talented of the four, but we have seen how big a difference 12 months can make.

Mourinho also suggested that several former United players have an agenda against his team as they long for a return to the club, something he is not prepared to accommodate.

"I think they'd have to win every game between now and the end of the season, which is virtually impossible, and expect City to lose quite a few games, which also looks pretty unlikely".