Lingard: We won’t be distracted

Jesse Lingard says he and his Manchester United team-mates will not be distracted by all the attention on Upton Park this Tuesday night, when West Ham United play their final-ever match at the famous ground.

The Hammers have called the Boleyn ground home since 1904, but will bid farewell this week ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium next season.

Lingard insists the players will be doing everything to ensure the result ends up being memorable for the Reds, as it was in the FA Cup Quarter-Final replay last month.

In an exclusive interview with MUTV, Lingard said “These are the games as a player you want to play in, the big-pressure games. Mentally you have got to prepare for the attention around Upton Park and we know there will be a great atmosphere, but we will not let anything faze us on the day because we have a job to do which is to get the three points.”

Lingard 23 has featured in 37 games under head coach Louis Van Gaal in his first full season for the senior team becoming a key part of the squad. Whilst his focus remains on the final three matches, Lingard admits he is delighted with his “mad” season.

“You think about the season, but still we have got three games left and that’s what I am concentrating on. But of course, to be playing over 30 games in my first Premier League season has been mad!  It has taken a lot of hard work to get here and it’s now about kicking on and looking ahead to the next two games and the final.”