Jesse Lingard managed just two touches in half an hour in woeful substitute performance
Manchester United needed a big second half against City after coming in 2-1 down at the break. It didn’t happen.
City came out the better side, and so United sought to change it up in the 63rd minute with Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford coming onto replace Anthony Elanga and Paul Pogba.
City scored four minute later and went onto win 4-1. For Jesse Lingard in particular it was a real game to forget.
Lingard performance symbolises United’s collapse
Lingard managed a quite shocking two touches in half an hour on the pitch at The Etihad, factoring in injury time.
City won the game 2-0 during Lingard’s time on the pitch, with the match resembling a training game for the last half hour, with the home fans taunting United by cheering every pass.
United needed something from the substitutes. Rashford did offer an outlet in attack and broke away a couple of times, before giving the ball away, but at least looked threatening.
Lingard was invisible. The 29-year-old had just two touches, which to his credit were both passes he completed, and was barely involved.
It wasn’t necessarily his fault either. It wasn’t particularly clear where he was supposed to be playing, and United just couldn’t get the ball to him.
City dominated possession and didn’t let United have it. Rashford himself only managed 10 touches during the same amount of time on the pitch. In the second half United managed only 21 per cent possession.
Lingard’s effort symbolises how bad United were in the second half, with Gary Neville describing it as an ‘absolute shower’.
United’s whole team were bad and Lingard was the man who represented it, with his appalling lack of touches. At the same time, Ralf Rangnick is entitled to expect more from a substitute he threw on with the hope of changing the game.