Jesse Lingard‘s spectacular 85th minute winner against Sweden on Sunday gave England a lifeline in their bid to reach the quarter-finals of the European U21s Championship.
The 22-year-old chested the ball down and volleyed past Sweden goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren late on to give a his side a vital win.
England needed to win the game to stay in contention to qualify for the knock-out stages of the tournament having lost 1-0 to Portugal in the first game.
Lingard made sure that their fate is now in their own hands, with England playing Italy in their final group game on Wednesday.
United fans will be pleased to see Lingard back among the goals, after the young English forward impressed on loan at Derby last season.
Lingard replaced the injured Saido Berahino for England’s 1-0 defeat against Portugal on Thursday and U21s manager Gareth Southgate reserved special praise for him after the game.
“I thought Jesse had some really exciting moments and looked a threat,” Southgate said following the Portugal defeat.
Lingard started the clash with Sweden on the bench, coming on as a second-half substitute for Alex Pritchard, but picked up where he left off against Portugal with an impressive performance.
United fans will be hoping to see more of Lingard at the club this season now that he has fully recovered from his long-term injury.
His goal against Sweden demonstrates that the midfielder is enjoying his football once again and after signing a new deal at United earlier this year, he will no doubt be ready to hit the ground running in the new season.