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Man United complacent against mid-table teams – Lingard

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Manchester United's inconsistent start to the season during which they have struggled against mid-table teams can be attributed to complacency, according to midfielder Jesse Lingard.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester United v Aston Villa – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – December 1, 2019 Manchester United's Jesse Lingard during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

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REUTERS: Manchester United's inconsistent start to the season during which they have struggled against mid-table teams can be attributed to complacency, according to midfielder Jesse Lingard.

United, eighth in the standings, have beaten top sides like Manchester City, Leicester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur but lost to Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Newcastle United and bottom side Watford.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have employed an effective counter-attacking strategy against the stronger teams but they have come unstuck against opponents who defend deep.

"It's strange, maybe it's a mindset thing. Maybe it's our mentality going into the match thinking we've already won the game," Lingard said in an interview with The Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7824615/JESSE-LINGARD-EXCLUSIVE-Man-United-need-clinical-win-game.html.

"If we keep the consistency and mentality we had against City and Tottenham, I don't see why we can't win every game. It seems like our mentality changes… When we start with energy and on the front foot, we'll cause team problems all day long," the England international added.

"To keep that consistency throughout the rest of the season when we come against thRead More – Source