The situation had been going on for weeks when the player made a decision to come clean to manager Olé Gunnar Solskjaer about his problems after losing his place in the starting line-up and fearing for his future as a Manchester United player.
The incident was a low point in a hard year for Lingard, who has revealed he has struggled with caring for his younger brother and sister while his mother has been ill.
Lingard opened up on the situation in an interview with Daily Mail. I always use the phrase "be yourself" but I have realised now that there are times when you just can't be. I felt like everybody just passed all the stuff to me and it weighed on my shoulders.
"I am a person who likes to deal with stuff on his own but it's not necessarily the right thing to do".
With lots on his mind he lost form and it wasn't till he spoke to his manager that things started turning around, "I wasn't performing and he was on me all the time. He wanted more from me", he told Ian Ladyman. He said I had to get my head down and that is what I have done.
The England worldwide feels he can now focus on playing again.
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"I was told the manager was going mad, but I was in the air for two hours and literally couldn't do anything". To hear that gives you confidence. But anyone who knows me knows I am down to earth and humble.
"He has just told me that everything will be okay".
"Maybe they just see the amusing videos and make their own conclusions".
"He's not going to rest on his laurels, it's just natural for him to score goals, it doesn't matter what level he's at". I've had to mature and wise up.
"Sometimes when your worries are so deep you can't function properly".
Manchester United will return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon when they take on Everton at Old Trafford in front of their home fans.
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The midfielder also talked about his social media activity and friendship with Paul Pogba.
Lingard drew criticism for a crude video he made while on holiday with United team-mate Marcus Rashford which was briefly uploaded to his personal Snapchat account.
"It genuinely was a mistake to post it".
A patchy run of form in October, where they dropped to 14th following a 1-1 draw against leaders Liverpool, had threatened their chances of finishing in the top four, but Solskjaer said that he never lost belief in his players.
"It was an accident".
"I hope I can give them the good example when I'm on the pitch and outside the pitch and, even though I don't see myself as old, I hope that the young players will, one day, come and take my position [when I finish playing]". I was on a plane waiting to take off. "I'm not afraid of playing him in the Premier League". I was like, 'I am done at United now. This is the final straw'. "This is about what the club is about and what the manager wants". "I am not stupid", Lingard added. "You do what you have to do".
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