Jesse Lingard reveals extent of family issues affecting his Manchester United season

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Jesse Lingard has opened up more to the personal and family issues that have affected his performances with Manchester United over the past two seasons.The United midfielder has struggled on the pitch for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and has come under fierce criticism, but has more recently revealed that a number of off-field issues are having an impact .

He has now confirmed his mother’s depression and having to care for his two younger siblings has affected him greatly.

Lingard ended the campaign on a high note by scoring the second goal in United’s 2-0 win over Leicester – which helped the club to a Premier League top-three – and admitted “I lost who I ‘was as a player and as a person’. in a personal message to fans.

He added: “I know the fans have been frustrated but during all this time my love for this club and everyone related to it has never left me. ”

Now, speaking to BBC presenter Maya Jama as part of the #SoundOfSupport series, Lingard has opened up more as the couple encouraged people to speak out about mental health issues.

Lingard said: “I was the kind of guy who liked to bottle things up, keep everything to myself, but various things happened and I felt like it was a good time to talk.

“Last season I was going through some things off the pitch with my family so it was difficult for me to perform on the pitch.

« I’m very family oriented and my mom went through some things last year with depression… she went to London to sort it out so in the meantime I had to take care of my little brother and my little sister who are 12 and 15 years old.

“I was always playing at the same time. You just get to that point where you’re like, “I really have to say something here.” I talked to my family and stuff like that. It was so much better. ”

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