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Don't blame Louis Van Gaal for Manchester United woes, says Jesse Lingard

By Staff Reporter

Jesse Lingard insists Manchester United's players are to blame for the club's poor form this season, rather than manager Louis van Gaal.

United recorded back-to-back wins for just the second time in three months on Tuesday after they beat Stoke 3-0.

The excellent display of vibrant attacking football was in complete contrast to most of the performances under Van Gaal this season.

For most of the campaign, the Red Devils have been ponderous in possession and weak in front of goal.

That combination has left them fifth in the table and has caused Van Gaal to feel the ire of the fans on several occasions, but Lingard is adamant the manager is not to blame.

"With the results, it's not the manager's fault," said the United midfielder, who put the hosts one up against the Potters with his third goal for the club.

"We are the ones who have been on the pitch playing. On Tuesday, you've seen that we can get results we need if we put our mind to it."

Lingard's (pictured) stooping header put United ahead in the 14th minute and Anthony Martial scored a stunner to double the hosts' lead before Wayne Rooney wrapped up the win after the break.

The Red Devils have now scored six goals in their last two matches and Lingard suggested Van Gaal had removed the shackles.

"Now we are playing with that freedom and we've got a lot of energy," said Lingard.

"To be mixing up the positions and entertain the crowd, we'll have to do that, but it's that freedom that we have, it's a weight off our shoulders and we can just play football now."

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