Jesse Lingard hasn’t had the most pleasant last two years in football. And while his team, Manchester United, did succeed in beating their arch-rivals Manchester City, the Englishman had another poor match.
The midfielder has only had eight goal contributions in the last two seasons for club and country. These included six goals and two assists. In fact, he broke his long drought in the FA Cup fixture against League One side, Tranmere Rovers.
Jesse Lingard made the headlines for Manchester United in their win over rivals Manchester City. Though for all the wrong reasons. Ole Gunnar Solskjær, otherwise a calm man was seen shouting at Lingard during the match. He was reportedly telling his player to stop losing the ball or he would substitute him off.
Minutes later, Jesse Lingard did lose the ball again while trying to pass to Fred. His error resulted in a counter-attack from Manchester City with Raheem Sterling leading the attacking. Though the out-of-form English forward missed his mark and fired over the bar.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær wasn’t left impressed with this and moments later, Jesse Lingard was replaced by Andreas Pereira. The English international hasn’t been at his peak since long now. He has come under constant criticism from Old Trafford faithfuls.
When Ole Gunnar Solskjær was quizzed on the incident, he responded in a way to shrug off the whole incident, “Just heat of the moment, once in a while. When you lose the ball, make sure we try to play more. And in the next moment, him and Victor [Lindelof] grew in confidence and started playing.
“Once in a while you’re going to make mistakes but if you’re going to come here and just defend you’ve got no chance.
“Yes, we created one or two dangerous moments with the way we tried to play our way out, but that’s the way we want the box to express themselves. We have to do that to release the pressure.”