He was handed an opportunity to prove himself at The Hawthorns and took his chance with both hands, proving Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a perfect cross for his opener from the right flank.
Many believed Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s injury would see Juan Mata find his way back into the squad, but Mourinho opted to deploy Lingard as he believed he’d be better suited for West Brom’s style of play.
Speaking about his display, Murphy claims Lingard has made a solid case as he fights for his place in the side.
“He has great pace and willingness to get in behind which is key,” he said. “It’s all about timing when you make these runs.
“And he keeps finding himself in really dangerous positions because he wants to get in there. When he gets the ball to feet he can dribble as well. He’s got good feet, he’s confident and he drives at people.
“He’ll get goals. West Brom couldn’t handle him all afternoon. He was fighting for a place in the team and he’s certainly given Mourinho a headache now.”
Murphy feels Lingard could force his way into Mourinho’s plans on a regular basis after the performance, but will he get in ahead of Mata and Mkhitaryan?
They were both our best performers at a point earlier in the season and it’ll be interesting to see how Mourinho uses them to the best of their abilities.