Manchester United fans have criticised Jesse Lingard following his performance in the 1-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday.
Lingard was largely anonymous at Carrow Road, as Man United scraped past Norwich thanks to Juan Mata’s second-half strike.
United as a whole were awful against the Canaries but supporters singled out Lingard following a particularly abject display:
Why is Lingard still playing centre mid ffs
— Vik (@IconicNumber7) May 7, 2016
Lingard scored some lucky goals this year but he is not a Manu quality player. He has no impact on the game
— smacktalker (@adama865) May 7, 2016
— AM9 (@AngryMartial9) May 7, 2016
Mata the only player tryin to make things happen but LVG plays him on the wing and Lingard so useless playin in the central position
— Hmagic (@Hmagic3) May 7, 2016
Lingard hasn't been in this game at all
— 🕷 (@hasxnmehja) May 7, 2016
Lingard being given so many games to prove himself and still really hasn't. Memphis gets no time and people say he's shit. No Words #MUFC
— Craig Gapper (@Gapper_Drums) May 7, 2016
It has been fantastic to see Lingard, an academy graduate, breakthrough into the first team at United this season.
But there is a sense that the player is just missing that extra bit of quality needed if you are to make a success of yourself at Old Trafford.
Lingard has been played on the wing and through the middle under Louis van Gaal and, while he is undoubtedly hardworking, his lack of creativity is often glaring. At 23, Lingard is running out of time to develop his game and improve and he may find himself displaced in the team if United decide to recruit in the summer.