Jesse Lingard’s 2019 began so well. But the United attacker ends the year reflecting on the worst year of his professional career to date.

He scored just one goal the whole year, and this came back in January.

It came at one of his favourite grounds, The Emirates, which United visit on New Year’s Day.

Lingard was instrumental in United’s counter attacking destruction of Arsenal in the 3-1 FA Cup win last January.

It seemed like the sky was the limit for him under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but that was as good as it got.

Now he will hope that a new year and a new start can revitalise his career.

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Return to the Dancefloor

Lingard has scored twice at The Emirates in successive seasons. He marked each of those celebrations with a dance, which rattled the Arsenal fans.

He even referred to the stadium as his ‘Dancefloor’ in a social media post, which further infuriated Gooners.

Lingard missed the league game at The Emirates with injury, with United losing 2-0.

Now he is fully fit, but there is a big question as to whether he should start.

He’s down the pecking order after his terrible miss against Watford, and Andreas Pereira has stepped in to provide two assists in as many games.

There is a case for rotation, but Paul Pogba is also a possible starter in the role, with Juan Mata an option too.

Lingard may have to watch on from the bench, but it is likely he gets on at some stage.

Solskjaer knows what makes Lingard tick, and he proved his quality in big wins against Tottenham and Manchester City at the start of December.

A return to the stadium which has got him dancing twice might just be able to get him back on form.

He has been waiting to celebrate a goal for 11 months now, and might have something special prepared.

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