EMOTIONAL Jesse Lingard says his Manchester United form suffered following a secret family trauma.
The winger — who scored three times this term — had to take greater care of his siblings since his mum fell ill.
In a new Heads Up series, he reveals he managed to cope by talking it through with the club and team-mates.
Lingard, 27, said: “I was the type of guy that liked to bottle things up. Deal with it on my own.
“When serious things happened, it was the right time to speak out.
‘Last season, I went through some things with my family.
“So, it was difficult to perform on the field.
“My mum was going through some things. Depression and what not. She went to London to get that sorted out.
“I had to look after my brother and sister, who are 12 and 15.
“You get to the point where you think, ‘Right, I need to speak to someone and say how I feel’.
“And then I felt so much better.”