Manchester United fans were left frustrated with Jesse Lingard‘s performance in their side’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Sunday.
The 23-year-old, a regular in the first team since November, suffered from a lack of conviction and final product all afternoon against the soon-to-be champions.
Man United fans were quick to voice their displeasure with regard to Lingard’s display:
Rojo and Lingard wouldn't get in to Villa's team right now. Rojo is so astoundingly bad.
— Pilib De Brún (Phil Brown) (@Malachians) May 1, 2016
Jesse Lingard is called "persistent" in 80% of the games I watch. Which is euphemism for not being good enough.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) May 1, 2016
All Lingard does is run like he's on drugs. He absolutely contributes nothing to the game.
— Papa Bee (@DuMaMayBe) May 1, 2016
Jesse Lingard needs to work on his football sense. He is undoubtedly an amazing talent but he has got a lot to do to improve his game #mufc
— Muhd El-Bonga Ibrahim (@el_bonga) May 1, 2016
While some United fans may be incensed by Lingard’s persistent inclusion at the expense of Memphis Depay, the former’s inclusion makes much more sense in the context of Louis van Gaal‘s system.
Lingard’s supreme energy, aptitude for doing the easy things well, alongside his unyielding discipline will always mean that the 23-year-old is preferred over the more mercurial Memphis.
And while Lingard’s limitations in the final third can undoubtedly frustrating, the Englishman is still in his first proper season at Old Trafford, and a continued run in the first team is likely to give him the chance to fulfil his massive potential.