Manchester United supporters were impressed with the showing of Jesse Lingard, who bagged a brace in the 2-2 draw versus Burnley in the Premier League.
The Red Devils were outclassed by the Clarets during the first-half as goals from Ashley Barnes and Steven Defour handed them a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
As a result, Jose Mourinho brought on both Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the second period, and the former saved United’s blushes with two well-taken goals, the latter which came with just minutes left on the clock.
Lingard has often divided opinion among the fans, but his performances of late have been particularly impressive, and he got his due praise on social media.
A draw still not good enough but Jesse Lingard was absolutely excellent. Both were great goals. Absolutely mind-boggling why he was left out over Ibrahimović.
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) December 26, 2017
Incoming hate but Lingard's actually earned his wage this season tbh. Been saving us.
— The Boi (@ChuBoi) December 26, 2017
Credit's given when credit's due, and Lingard deserves everyone's love. He's gotten so much heat in the past few seasons, and he's turning it up now for us when all looks lost. Keep it up, @JesseLingard !#FullTimeJohn pic.twitter.com/iTXXiWZPMp
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) December 26, 2017
who needs Ibra when you’ve got Lingard?
— Zuriel (@zuzu100_) December 26, 2017
Anyway, if one positive is to be taken out of today’s game it’s that Lingard should be starting more often, preferably on the right wing, with Mata playing as no.10. Martial over Rashford any day of the week.
— Moe. (@moeswaidan) December 26, 2017
LINGARD YOU WONDERFUL HUMAN THERE WAS LIKE 18 BODIES THERE
— Tatiana Tacca (@TatianaMUFC) December 26, 2017
Mourinho opted to started Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the attacking midfield role ahead of Lingard, and the Swede was nowhere near his best with an evident lack of match fitness.
The decision may have eventually cost United two valuable points, but Mourinho may have taken the game to rest his young Englishman with a packed fixture schedule ahead.
Either way, the Portuguese tactician got his lineup wrong on the day, and Lingard should be United’s first-choice attacker, having contributed seven goals and two assists in his last seven outings.