Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard was delighted to get three points from the team’s trip to Watford but admitted he could have done better.
Lingard kept his place in the starting lineup for the crucial clash and had two seemingly straightforward chances in the second half. Heurelho Gomes in the Watford goal thwarted the youngster on both occasions and Man United could have lived to rue his missed chances.
Bastian Schweinsteiger forced a winner in the final minute to rescue all three points for United but Lingard could have made the points safe much earlier on. It was an indication that, despite his good run of form, the youngster still has a lot of work to do on his game in order to be the finished article.
When asked whether he thought the team would get a winner after being pulled back to 1-1, Lingard told manutd.com: “Definitely. We created a lot of chances, and personally I should have scored a couple of clear-cut chances.
“I’ve obviously got to work on that but it’s great to see Basti at the back post to stick one in at the end. It’s been a long time coming for him, and he’s deserved it.”
It was a huge three points for United, given they were missing six first team players through injury. Troy Deeney’s 90th minute own goal meant the Reds moved up to second in the table ahead of both Arsenal and Manchester City. Lingard will be happy with the impact he has had since breaking into the first-team last month and he has quickly become an important part of the squad.