Manchester United's Jesse Lingard keeping Marcus Rashford grounded
Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is taking it upon himself to help keep breakout forward Marcus Rashfod grounded after the 18-year-old's decisive performance in Sunday's Manchester derby defeat of Man City.
Rashford scored the winner at the Etihad, skipping around Martín Demichelis before coolly finishing past Joe Hart.
The teenager, who burst onto the scene with four goals in two games last month, has become a sensation since his debut. And Lingard, who stepped in for his teammate during a melee in Sunday's match, says he's acting as mentor for the United academy product.
"He's buzzing but I was keeping him grounded," Lingard said on Monday. "He's already grounded anyway, to be fair. He has to keep his feet on the ground and I've told him that already.
"We look after the young ones and to see Marcus doing well is a great boost for the club and the home-grown talent coming through. I just told him not to over-hype things. He's done well and everybody is really happy for him.
"He doesn't go out and doesn't drink. He's not one of the lads to start going out and get a big head, he's always been a hard worker. I just think off the field is the most important thing. You have to get your rest and have your recovery time. He'll enjoy it as well, but will do it at the right time.
"When Marcus was coming through he was small, but he's massive now and will fill out. He will cause defenders even more problems when he fills out. He always had the ability and everybody recognised that. The manager has given him the chance and he is scoring a lot of goals now for us."
Rashford became involved in a scuffle with City teammates Demichelis and Fernandinho after the Argentine defender looked to have taken him down in the box.
The call wasn't given, though Lingard rushed to Rashford's rescue when being hounded by the veteran pair.
"I had to back him up didn't I? But I thought it was a penalty as well.
"Obviously we knew that [City's defence] was one of their weaknesses, with Marcus's pace running in behind, and he has got his reward for it as well."