Confident Lingard reveals Manchester United’s Europa League aim

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Jesse Lingard has said he believes winning our round of 16 return leg against LASK Linz on Wednesday is good for the team’s confidence and it can spur them on to win the competition.

Lingard opened the scoring for United in the 55th minute, before Anthony Martial added a second in the 88th minute, to seal victory, and send us into the next round.

Sharing his thoughts on the team’s performance and prospects after the game, the 27 year old told MUTV, “A win is very positive, especially taking it into the next game [against Copenhagen]. We can take confidence from it, and finishing third in the premier league as well.

“We’ve done well and hopefully we can get to the final now and win that. That is our main aim now: to win that trophy.

“With the squad we have got and the personnel we have I feel like everyone is going to play a part. Throughout the build-up in this competition everyone has played their part.

“We can’t wait to get there and play this game now. 100 per cent I want to win it again.

“Lifting a trophy is a special feeling you can’t really explain and winning it before you take that confidence forward.

“We have got a mixture of youth and experience in the squad and for the young lads to win their first trophy, it will be perfect for them.”

Lingard’s goal against LASK was his second in as many matches, and a sign he’s gradually recovering his confidence.

United will now face FC Copenhagen in the quarter finals of the competition.