Manchester United supporters were pleased with Jesse Lingard’s over performance against Swansea City on Saturday. The England international came off a fine spell with the Three Lions during the break, and his form was evident during the league meeting versus the Swans.
Lingard could not add to the scoresheet in terms of a goal or an assist, but his link-up play, in particular, was impressive during the first-half, where he indirectly contributed towards Alexis Sanchez’s goal, which saw United go 2-0 up within 20 minutes.
Jesse Lingard 1st half was the best I’ve seen him play, granted against a poor poor Swansea side but he was great
— Titi (@Yaga_yawww) April 1, 2018
Lingard is magic in that 10 role. Really is. His season this season.
— Adam Sweeney (@AdamWSweeney) March 31, 2018
Jesse Lingard's game by numbers vs. Swansea:
100% tackles won
1 chance created
— DILLINGER ? (@DillanMUFC) March 31, 2018
Jesse Lingard pulling Swansea to pieces here. Remember people saying giving him a new contract was madness. Doesn't look so silly now, eh?!
— James ? (@HeelJames) March 31, 2018
Lingard not only going but should be starting at the World Cup imo. Movement is superb. Why he still receives criticism is beyond me. Understand football and you understand what he brings. Lovely weight on ball to Sanchez as well. #MUFC
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) March 31, 2018
Absolute class from Lingard again. Plays the through ball and Sanchez emphatically finishes. One of the best spells of football all season from United. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) March 31, 2018
Lingard did not start the season brilliantly as he found himself behind the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and the departed-Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the pecking order. However, the attacker has since transformed himself as the regular in the number 10 role, and he happens to command a spot irrespective of Alexis Sanchez’s arrival at the club.
The form is likely to affect the progress of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who were warming the bench against Swansea, but a couple of similar performances from Lingard may see him become irreplaceable under Mourinho just like Romelu Lukaku.