The Red Devils duo are key players under Jose Mourinho, and will both likely start against Burnley on Sunday
JESSE LINGARD reckons Marcus Rashford can stand up for himself now.
The Manchester United winger may prank his best pal by pinching his phone like he did last week.
But he insists Rashy can take it in his stride, just like he does on the pitch.
The teenage star went six months without a Premier League goal but is in red-hot form with three in his last four games, – and is poised to lead the line today against Burnley after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury.
Keep up to date with ALL the latest Football news, gossip and rumours
Lingard said: “That six-month gap, it doesn’t faze him.
“I think he is very mature like that.
“He is always going to score goals no matter what position he plays, winger or up front.
“When he gets the ball he is so direct. He gets the fans off their feet and that’s what they want to see.
“It’s just getting that confidence week-in, week-out, to put the ball in the back of the net.
Lingard admits he and others needed to rally around Rashy when he was going through his goal drought.
He has also stepped in when opponents have tried to bully the youngster, firstly against Manchester City last season and then on England duty in Slovenia.
Lingard said: “I didn’t like it. Especially in the City match. But it’s good for him to know I’m always there for him.
“You’ve got to look after each other. We have to look after one of our own.
“And we’re not going to let another team bully us or be tougher than us. On the day, we’ve got each other’s back and we look after each other.
“I was there for Rashy when he come through and made his debut. I knew he had to keep his feet on the ground and be humbler, which he’s always been.
“He always will be throughout his career. So when I see players pushing him about….
“We all stick together as a team, it is a team game. If a player is feeling down, we are there to pick him up.”
The Lingard and Rashford partnership linked up on the pitch against Chelsea last week when Jose Mourinho tailored his formation to beat the league leaders.
Rashford scored in that game and they netted the winner on Thursday night against Anderlecht in the Europa.
Lingard said: “There is great chemistry. In training we are the same, Chelsea couldn’t contain it at the weekend, hopefully we’ve got to take it into the Burnley game.”
Lingard’s own progress is back on track after getting hooked at half-time against City at the start of the campaign.
He has since returned in favour and has sealed a new contract.
Lingard said: “Every game is a learning curve, it is about keeping that consistency and helping the team any which way you can.
“Obviously the manager is a great manager for us.
“He has had a lot of trust in young players, to play us in big games, so we have got to prove him right and perform on the day for him.
“The manager has had the trust in me and it’s about consistency now.
Lingard says it is down to the whole squad to cover for Ibrahimovic, who has carried United with 28 goals this season.
He said: “It is a team game and everyone has to chip in in any way they can. They are going to rely on the front players more and we have got to produce.
“We could have 10 games to play so there are plenty of chances to put the ball into the back of the net and get those most important points.
“A lot of draws that should have been wins this season. We should have been more ruthless in front of goal.”