Lingard opens up about alcohol abuse during the Man United struggles
The English midfielder opted to end his 22-year stint at United last summer with a move to Nottingham Forest on a free transfer. Having failed to find regular game time at Old Trafford, Lingard explains turning to alcohol during the difficulties of his final seasons at United.
Despite a thriving loan spell at West Ham,Jesse Lingard
failed to establish himself among the starters atManchester United
and now he reveals he had to turn to alcohol because of the difficulties of his final seasons at the club.
I was drinking before bed, having a nightcap,"
he said onThe Diary Of A CEO podcast
"I look back now and think 'what was I doing that for?'
"But I needed something to try and take the pain away and put me at ease somehow. I was trying to forget what was going on. But it makes it 10 times worse.
"You're getting that much abuse, and I'm already down enough, and I've got to perform. I'm already going through things you don't know about. I felt like the world was on my shoulders."
On United’s Premier League hopes, Lingard said:
"[There was] no balance, no structure, people doing what they want. It was like a free for all.
"They are so behind with everything. You see [Manchester] City's facilities, Tottenham's facilities. People are miles ahead.
"I just want them to get up to date on the new things that are happening. You've got to stay relevant [and] catch up a bit."
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