Ryan Giggs has called on Jesse Lingard to improve his goal tally at Manchester United, insisting that he ought to be reaching double figures this season.
The 24-year-old has made 30 appearances under Jose Mourinho this season, claiming just five goals in the process.
He was handed a new contract by the Portuguese earlier this month – a four year deal that will see his weekly wage trebled to £100,000.
And Giggs, speaking on the subject of Lingard’s future, called on the Englishman to improve his potency in front of goal under Mourinho.
“Jesse is perhaps one of the players who needs to score more goals; as an attacking player you need to be heading for double figures and also 10, 12, 15 assists,” he said.
“Jesse is that type of player who can do that, now he needs to concentrate on his football and make sure he puts the regular, consistent performances in.”
It pains me to think where Man United could be this year if Lingard – along with, say, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba – had chipped in with just five more goals along the way. Perhaps we should be demanding even more given the sheer enormity of chances that have come United’s way over the last few months.
Some might say that, actually, Lingard has never been much of a goalscorer, with his real function lying instead with running hard and supplementing attacking movements, but Mourinho will know that, when pursuing silverware, that just isn’t enough for a regular starter.