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Jesse Lingard praises Man United's character after reaching FA Cup semis

Shaka Hislop and Dan Thomas are at a loss for words after Jose Mourinho claimed that Manchester United lack "football heritage."

Jesse Lingard has praised Manchester United's resilience after they advanced to the semifinals of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory over Brighton at Old Trafford.

United enter the international break 16 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City and were knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16 by Sevilla on Tuesday.

Lingard said he and his teammates knew they needed a win in order to put the woes of midweek behind them.

"It's always difficult for a team to be knocked out of a competition, but we showed the character tonight to bounce back and not let anything faze us," Lingard told his club's website.

Romelu Lukaku scored with a header in the 37th minute and Nemanja Matic headed home in the 83rd minute to send their side back to Wembley Stadium.

"Semifinals are always big and it's like the final, you could say, at a neutral ground, so we're excited and we'll see who we get in the draw," Lingard said. "Any opportunity to win a trophy is always good for the team and the fans, so if we can get a trophy out of the season, it'll be good.

"The semifinal keeps everyone motivated and we have something to look forward to, but saying that, in the Premier League, we need to maintain that second spot and keep the pressure on at the top."

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