Goal machine Lingard wasting away at Man Utd

Carlo Garganese

Jesse Lingard scored twice and assisted one for England on Sunday in yet another reminder of how he is wasting away at Manchester United.

Lingard broke the deadlock against Andorra in a 2022 World Cup qualifier at Wembley with a left-footed strike after 18 minutes.

The attacking midfielder then fired home from just outside the area into the bottom corner on 78 minutes to make it 3-0 for England.

The home side eventually won the match 4-0 with Harry Kane (from the penalty spot) and Bukayo Saka also finding the net. Lingard made the goal for Saka.

There was no doubt who the star of the show was as Lingard showed his club manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just how much he is being wasted at Man Utd.

Lingard has played just four minutes of club football so far this season, coming on as a late substitute in the 1-1 draw with Southampton.

Of course, in the first half of 2020-21, Lingard did not even receive a single minute of Premier League action from Solskjaer.

How many goals has Lingard scored this year in 2021?

He was shipped out on loan to West Ham in January 2021 and he enjoyed a sensational second half to the season in East London.

The 28-year-old scored nine goals in just 16 matches for West Ham to lead David Moyes’ side into Europe. He also grabbed an impressive four assists but the Hammers were unable to agreed a deal to sign him permanently.

Jesse Lingard, West Ham, 2020-21

Jesse Lingard, West Ham, 2020-21

When you add his two goals for England on Sunday to this, Lingard has clocked up 11 goals in 2021 from just 17 competitive games for club and country.

These kind of numbers are good enough for Lingard to play for virtually any team in the Premier League, bar perhaps Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd themselves.

The Red Devils, of course, have Bruno Fernandes playing in the same position as Lingard. The Portuguese attacking midfielder is one of the best in the world in this role while United are stacked in the other attacking roles as well.

Lingard’s contract at Man Utd expires at the end of the season, but it would be a huge shame to see him sit on the bench at Old Trafford for the rest of the season. He is too good to do so.