Manchester United were 2-0 up at half time against Everton yesterday, thanks to goals from Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera.
Just after the second half kicked off, Juan Mata was substituted off for Jesse Lingard. According to Louis van Gaal, the substitution was made for tactical reasons.
Lingard came on and put in a good defensive performance to keep Everton at bay.
Speaking to MUTV, the 22 year old Academy graduate had this to say:
“It was a great win away from home.”
“It was good to bounce back from the Arsenal defeat but we prepared well all week for the game and were ready to start on the front foot.”
“It was a good win and obviously it’s good to get minutes on the pitch and to take part in helping the team win the game. Whenever the manager wants me to play then I will do a job.”
“He just told me to come inside when we had the ball and defend on the inside as well.”
“He told me to watch [Brendan] Galloway’s runs because he was staying high up the pitch in the first half so he wanted me to track his runs in the second half.”
“On another day, with the luck of the bounce, I would have scored but that is part and parcel of football. As long as we got the three points, that’s good enough.”
“That is my main aim [to get more first team appearances] and I have always wanted to play for Man United.”
“To get 45 minutes won’t do me any harm for the next game.”
“Quite a few people from my family came down [to Goodison Park]. Obviously I wasn’t sure if I would be involved because I was on the bench but for them to see me on the pitch was a massive honour.”
Manchester United face CSKA Moscow on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League.