Manchester United: Paul Pogba makes staunch defence of ‘big game player’ Jesse Lingard

Paul Pogba has launched a defence of Jesse Lingard by hailing him as a big game player for the club.

The Manchester United midfielder recalls Lingard’s ability to score in the most important games.

A recent drought, which has seen the 27-year-old fail to score or assist in the Premier League this season, has led to mounting pressure from fans.

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But Pogba urged supporters to remember Lingard’s winners in the 2016 FA Cup Final and Community Shield and a goal in the 2017 League Cup Final, which the Frenchman insists makes his teammate so reliable on the biggest stage.

Pogba told United’s official website: “He knows. He knows. He’s made for this. He’s always banging in goals.

“He’s always been banging in goals anyway. It was a very good game for all of us.

“Everyone played well and we had a very strong performance.”

Lingard also looked back on the Europa League final against Ajax, highlighting the vital impact Davinson Sanchez made to deny him a fourth final goal.

“I think it was Sanchez chasing me down and I was one-on-one with the ‘keeper and he’s made a last ditch challenge as I was about to shoot,” Lingard recalls.

“It was one of those things. I would have loved to have scored.”

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