Lingard replaced Juan Mata at half-time, in what van Gaal later confirmed was a tactical substitution, and the Englishman performed admirably on the right wing.
Lingard put himself about as soon as he came on and dealt extremely well with the threat of Brendan Galloway down the Toffees’ left hand side.
It was presumably why Lingard was brought on, to ensure that Matteo Darmian had sufficient cover to nullify the threat from both Galloway and, after half-time, Arouna Kone. The 22-year-old was constantly willing to provide width for United and caused some problems of his own in the attacking third.
LvG: "I've congratulated Lingard. He didn’t lose balls and he did his defensive work very well. I am very pleased with his performance.”
— United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) October 17, 2015
It was Lingard’s first appearance in the Premier League since the opening day of last season, when injury cut short his league debut against Swansea. It was encouraging to see him in the squad for the trip to Goodison Park and even better to see him get onto the pitch as well.
Van Gaal has recently started giving youngsters more and more opportunities. In the past few weeks alone, Andreas Pereira, James Wilson and now Lingard have all enjoyed some playing time in either the league or the Champions League and it is good to see that the manager has faith in his youngsters.
The trio will all be hoping to be part of the traveling squad who make the trip to Moscow to face CSKA in the Champions League on Wednesday. It would be a great experience for any youngster to play in Europe’s elite competition and Lingard in particular will hope that he is given the opportunity to build on his good performance away at Everton.