Jesse Lingard made one Sunderland fan’s day during Manchester United’s 3-0 win over the Black Cats by handing him his signed shirt whilst sitting on the bench.
The 24-year-old produced an energetic display out wide at the Stadium of Light, testing Jordan Pickford early on with a sweetly-hit strike, and was replaced by Marcus Rashford after 64 minutes.
His new contract, which will see him earn £100,000 a week, was greeted with widespread levels of chagrin, with many expressing concerns over the potential ramifications of handing the Englishman such a lucrative wage.
But Lingard displayed his munificence on Sunday afternoon by handing brightening a Sunderland fan’s day by handing him his match shirt, which he happily signed as well.
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A lot of people look at Lingard’s demeanour – the dabbing, the social media exploits, etc. – and immediately think that handing such an individual £100,000 only spells trouble – that such an indulgence will only contribute to this ‘poor’ attitude.
But this is a grim and quite frankly offensive oversight. Lingard has always dedicated everything to the cause at Old Trafford, charging across the pitch with the same levels of fervour and desire every week, regardless of circumstances, and his gesture to this particular fan demonstrates that somebody can earn an astronomical wage and preserve a sense of magnanimity at the same time.