The two players have both taken to social media to thank Mourinho following his departure from the club
Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly have become the first two Manchester United players to express their thanks to Jose Mourinho in public following his departure.
United announced on Tuesday morning that they had decided to dispense with Mourinho’s services – 48 hours after a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League.
Mourinho’s two-and-a-half year reign at Old Trafford was dominated by speculation all was not well behind the scenes.
There were numerous reports of fall-outs with senior players, particularly £89million midfielder Paul Pogba, and the squad kept quiet in the 24 hours after his exit was confirmed.
But Lingard broke the United players’ silence on Wednesday evening when he posted a brief message on his Twitter account.
The message read: “thank you for the memories and the wisdom.”
Lingard was one of the few players who seemed to thrive under Mourinho’s management, emerging as a key man for his club and for England in recent years.
After scoring against Panama at the World Cup in the summer, the 26-year-old told talkSPORT he owed much to the Portuguese.
“[Mourinho] has been great with me,” he said.
“He’s put that trust and faith in me to play me in big matches week-in, week-out.
“It’s only up to me to repay that faith by playing well and putting on good performances.
“He’s played a massive part in my development and I can only thank him for that.”
Lingard’s message of thanks to Mourinho was followed up by Bailly.
The defender was in and out of the United side under Mourinho but insisted he was grateful to the 55-year-old for bringing him to the club.
“Whatever they may say, I will always be thankful to the person who gave me the chance to make my debut at Old Trafford,” said the Ivory Coast international.
“Thank you for what you have taught me. Good luck, coach.”
Source : TalkSport