One of Jesse Lingard‘s best performances for Manchester United came a few weeks ago in the 1-0 win over Manchester City. Today at White Hart Lane, he had one of his worst.
Lingard was invisible in the No.10 role and although he is happy to play in that position because it gets him more involved in the game, Louis van Gaal is at fault for not using him on the right-wing where he could have had an excellent partnership. Instead, Juan Mata was equally as poor out on the far right.
Jesse Lingard's game by numbers vs. Spurs:
0 shots on target
0 chances created
0 take ons
0 crosses pic.twitter.com/1PB0kV1tX8
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The thing is that even when United were playing well in the first half, we had a distinct lack of attacking spark in the final third. Our only real chances were being created on the right-wing by the excellent Timothy Fosu-Mensah because Anthony Martial was getting double marked on the left and both Lingard and Mata were doing nothing to help us create chances.
Quite how Marcus Rashford was taken off ahead of Lingard and Mata is beyond me and, again, that is the fault of the manager for not making the correct substitution rather than Lingard himself but he could have done far more given that he had the full 90 minutes to work with.
That 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur was one of the most embarrassing defeats of the season, alongside the 3-0 humiliation at Arsenal probably, and questions do have to be asked as to why Lingard is continuing to get 90 minutes when somebody like Memphis Depay is on the bench.