'I resorted to drinking to ease the pain' - Lingard disclosed why |

‘I resorted to drinking to ease the pain’ – Lingard disclosed why

'I resorted to drinking to ease the pain' - Lingard disclosed why

‘I resorted to drinking to ease the pain’ – Lingard disclosed why

'I resorted to drinking to ease the pain' - Lingard disclosed why

‘I resorted to drinking to ease the pain’ – Lingard disclosed why

The winger confessed that he lost his confidence after struggling for minutes at Old Trafford, but has come back a different person

Manchester United star Jesse Lingard admits that he hit a low point while frozen out of the Reds first team

before turning his fortunes around during his loan spell with West Ham.

The England winger made an immediate impact in east London

scoring nine goals and contributing a further five assists in 16 games after joining in January.

It was a welcome return to form for Lingard, who had struggled mentally during his extended spell without football at Old Trafford.

“We had times during the bad periods when I started to resort to drinking at night and that wasn’t me,” he told the Daily Mail.

“My dad’s never been a big drinker. My mum’s never been a big drinker.

I was bottling up so much in my head that I had resorted to drinking to try to ease the pain.

“[Lingard’s brother] Louie was looking at me and thinking, ‘That’s not my brother’.

I’ve never been a big drinker, but I was resorting to that for my own peace.

When I finally opened up and started speaking to family, it really helped. I owe it to them.

“My confidence was shot. You can be that happy-go-lucky guy

bouncing around the training ground, but deep down youre wearing that smile as a mask.

“I wasn’t playing so I was down. Luckily I had Louie sending me videos from my Under 21 days for United and England.

He was trying to make me realize what a good player I’d been.

“‘Watch this! Watch this!’ So I did and thought, ‘You know what? I can’t throw this away’.

It gave me confidence, and that first lockdown gave me a chance to re-evaluate what I wanted in life.”

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