Manchester United team-mates hail Jesse Lingard’s performance against West Brom

by Sid Choudhary

Manchester United’s centre-back pairing, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind, have sung the praises of Jesse Lingard, after the youngster opened his goalscoring account for the club.

Lingard bagged his first ever Premier League goal and his first competitive strike for Man United when he broke the deadlock against West Brom at Old Trafford. After picking the ball up just outside the box, the 22-year-old opened up his body to place the ball into the bottom corner with ease. Lingard has come close on plenty of occasions, including hitting the crossbar against Manchester City, and will be delighted to finally get off the mark.

The Englishman has been a huge positive for United over the past few weeks, putting in some encouraging displays. Lingard has been deployed on both the left and right wings and his desire to take people on and drive at defences has made him a joy to watch. United have been struggling in the final third in recent times and Lingard provides an extra it of unpredictability and creativity. He has improved with each passing game and seems to have played his way into Louis van Gaal‘s thinking.

United fans were happy to see yet another academy graduate come through the ranks and score at Old Trafford. As a club with a history of producing some fantastic young players, it is certainly encouraging to see that United are still able to develop youngsters to play at the highest level.

There will be no one happier than Lingard himself, who grew up a United fan. It was a huge moment for him to score in front of the Stretford End but his overall performance is what really caught they eye. Now that he as a taste for it, Lingard will want to keep his place in the side and make the left-wing spot his own.

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