Manchester United fans reacted positively to the performance of Jesse Lingard during Friday’s 2-0 win over Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup. The game was fairly open for the 90 minutes, but ultimately the hosts prevailed courtesy of goals from Lingard and Lukaku.
Lingard has been a revelation in the number 10 role in recent months, and he continued his fine form with a brilliant shot from outside the box which the impressive Scott Carson could do nothing about. As a result, the England international took his goal tally to 11 for the season, which include four in the last five outings.
it's looking like this Lingard's spell of brilliance has lingered oh, hazard has some catching up to do
— DADDY THE FATHER (@SemilooreAkoni) January 5, 2018
Jesse Lingard is currently playing like a World Class FIFA player on amateur mode. Where is he getting his finishing from?
Sir Alex said he'd be a late bloomer. At 25, he's still to peak, but if he maintains this level consistently, what a player we have!
— Drawty Devil (@DrawtyDevil) January 5, 2018
When Messi and Lingard see each other.. pic.twitter.com/qWPb2uf05n
— Ryan. ? (@Vintage_Utd) January 5, 2018
Jesse Lingard scores goals that make the mouths of Messi and Ronaldo to hang slack, yet the social media pays scant attention. Why are we like this? All because he's a Man Utd player. If it was an Arsenal or Chelsea player scoring those goals our eardrums would have been blasted.
— Babajide Otitoju (@BabajideOtitoju) January 6, 2018
Jesse Lingard has scored six goals since £52M man Alexandre Lacazette last scored and Lingard's not even a striker.
— LJ™ (@RealTalkUnited) January 5, 2018
Imagine if Hazard had scored that Lingard goal. There would've been new bum padding ,new cringeworthy Hazard handles and Conte would have run around like a clown calling everyone demented. https://t.co/B56ajoWW4q
— Busby MUFC (@SirMatthewBusby) January 5, 2018
Lingard helped United end their three-year wait for a trophy with the FA Cup-winning goal in 2016, and with the way he has progressed of late, there is no reason why he can not replicate the feat.
With United out of contention for the Premier League and League Cup honours, the FA Cup remains the most realistic chance of a trophy, and Mourinho is likely to name a much-stronger squad as the competition progresses.
Lingard has comfortably gained his starting spot ahead of the unimpressive Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and the United graduate will be key on maintaining his form through the season to assure his spot in the Three Lions’ World Cup squad.