A glance at Lingard’s stats indicate the impact he had on the game: 4 shots, 12 take ons, 5 crosses, 88% passing and one crucial assist.
Admittedly, not everything came off for the Englishman, with some of his passes and first touches leaving much to be desired. However, his spirit to persevere was excellent to see; from the first minute to the final whistle he was still charging forward at every opportunity.
Some might be surprised to see Lingard – who spent last season playing in the Championship with Derby – so heavily involved in the manager’s plans.
But it’s clear to see why the manager likes him; young, athletic, nimble and tireless, he is a real asset, and he could see much more game time on the horizon if Memphis continues his run of poor form.
The highlight of Lingard’s night revealed another string to his attacking bow; with Michael Carrick‘s long diagonal pass sailing towards him, the youngster calmly side-footed an inch perfect ball into Wayne Rooney‘s path, who made no mistake with the finish. In a situation that demanded conviction and a cool head, Lingard delivered.