Lingard, 29, has been a bit part player for United this season, having yet to start a Premier League game in the 2021-22 season. He was on the verge of leaving Old Trafford in January, but United were unable to reach an agreement with Newcastle over a prospective loan transfer for the England international, who has a contract expiring at the end of the season.
Lingard's lack of first-team experience hasn't prevented him from putting in long hours away from the field. On Friday, he posted a series of photos of himself in the gym to Instagram with the comment "Feel fantastic Friday." Lingard's bulked-up body astounded United supporters, with one user writing, "99 Physicality."
"Lingard should start the next game," said another. "He seems smart and motivated." "CR7 effect?" a third person theorized, implying that Lingard's change may be due to the influence of fitness guru Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo unleashed a scathing assault on his teammates earlier this season, pushing them to put more effort and pride into their performances.
It occurred following rumours that Ronaldo had grumbled about being the only United player who went to the gym before and after training at Carrington to undertake additional work.
"I believe we have a long way to go because the attitude is the most important thing to me." "To look in the mirror and say, 'I can do better,'" Ronaldo stated.
"For you to be professional, to assist the team, to have the appropriate mindset, to be self-taught, and to be optimistic." All of these aspects are in your hands, not the coaches', fans', or media's. "If you are proud of yourself and have dignity, you must do much more." Lingard will be looking to make an impression on temporary head coach Ralf Rangnick before the season ends.
United's next Premier League match is at Leeds on Sunday, followed by a trip to Atletico Madrid for the opening leg of their Champions League last 16 encounter on Wednesday.
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