Reds must stay positive, says Jesse Lingard

Following Manchester United's exit in the Champions League to VfL Wolfsburg, Jesse Lingard has told reporters that the team need to shrug off the defeat and stay positive going into the festive period.

Lingard, 22, has in recent weeks broken into the United team after impressing everyone. The youngster is well versed in knowing what to expect from the outside when a defeat like Tuesday night's game against Wolfsburg is suffered.

Lingard admits playing for United comes with a lot of pressure

Lingard told Norway's Viasat Sport after the game that "playing for Manchester United comes with a lot of pressure" as you are always expected to qualify from the group stages of the Champions League, and Lingard said "if you're out of a competition, you're going to get critics".

Lingard has called on his teammates to rise above all of the critics 

Lingard continued to say "we've got to rise above the critics as a team, move on and concentrate on the next game" and only concentrate on putting things right against Bournemouth in the Premier League at the weekend.

The England international has called on everyone at United to "stay positive, as we're creating a lot of chances, we're just lacking that end product" as this seems to be the big problem within the team at the minute, but Lingard says everyone is "working on it" to make sure goals start coming.

Lingard says his European adventures with United has made him a better player

Louis van Gaal has brought Lingard in from nowhere recently, especially playing him in four consecutive Champions League games. Lingard, who turns 23 next week believes the games against Wolfsburg, PSV Eindhoven and CSKA Moscow will make him a better player going forward.

Lingard said "since playing the first Moscow game away, I've gained that bit of European experience to put under my belt" which will only make Lingard a better player. It seems he will continue to play a key role over the Christmas period for United.