Jesse Lingard tagged Manchester United’s victory at the King Power Stadium against Leicester City a “graft” and admitted the Premier League’s rejuvenated side must sometimes put pragmatism above entertainment.
United under interim boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjær have won nine of their ten matches.
The United midfielder told Sky Sports after their win at the King Power Stadium – their seventh from eight league games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – was a case of seeing out the game against a side who have taken their fair share of scalps against the top six this season.
Having beaten Manchester City and Chelsea in December, Leicester earned a surprise draw at Anfield on Tuesday night, but could not mount a fightback against Marcus Rashford’s early goal this time, as earlier reported by Concise News.
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) February 3, 2019
After the game, Lingard says: “It was a graft, end to end. We knew it was going to be a tough game but we got the three points eventually and had to work hard for them. It was a battle, we expected that anyway but we handled it and got through in the end.
“For us, we just concentrate on we do, you’ve got to come to a place like Leicester and grind out a result sometimes. It’s not always pretty but you’ve just got to get the job done.
“The spirit’s been good, especially in the last 15 minutes against Burnley, to come back the way we did. We’ve been brought up that way as Manchester United – there’s going to be tough games during the season but it’s how we bounce back and deal with it.”
Bailly echoes Lingard’s thoughts
Speaking in the same vein, defender Eric Bailly lauds his team.
The Ivorian writes on his verified social media handles:
“A tough match, but we’re headed home with three more points.
A tough match, but we’re headed home with three more points. 💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/sSoKa9c5JX
— Eric Bailly (@ericbailly24) February 3, 2019
The victory ensured Manchester United topple Arsenal who lost to Manchester City on Sunday to occupy the fifth spot with 48 points from 25 games.
Lingard and Bailly will hope to retain their spot when the Red Army travel to the Craven Cottage to take on Fulham on February 9.