It’s only two games into the season and Jesse Lingard is already testing the patience of some Manchester United fans.
His air shot against Wolves in the second half was costly. The clear cut chance could have put United 2-0 up. We ended up drawing 1-1.
Lingard would go onto mis-control another through ball when fed with possession inside the Wolves penalty area.
It led us to quip on Twitter that Lingard is so good out of possession, with his pressing and movement, that he has forgotten what to do when he gets it.
There’s a worrying element of truth to this, with Lingard still yet to assist or score a Premier League goal since January.
It was to us, frankly stunning that United chose not to bring in competition for Lingard in the transfer window.
There are alternatives, but Juan Mata is not a particularly inspirational one. Angel Gomes has a chance to be far better, but he was not even on the bench at Molineux.
For all the concerns over Bruno Fernandes’ passing, surely last night was a case in point why United needed to sign him?
James Maddison is another option for Lingard’s position.
What’s worrying about Lingard is that he did not make a positive impact in pre-season either in possession, yet remains a regular.
Time to ask questions
Lingard’s frustrating display was the subject of many United fans’ ire.
He managed only 48 touches and failed to create a single chance, or execute a shot at goal.
After the game, Sky’s pundits had nothing to say about Lingard, instead focusing solely on the penalty controversy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not asked about Lingard either, nor did he address it.
It’s at the stage now where Lingard may need to be dropped this weekend against Crystal Palace, and if he isn’t, then it should be his last chance before he is.
Frustration with Lingard is not a kneejerk reaction to one bad performance or a miss, this has been building since February and its not getting better.
Until he starts contributing with the ball, his work out of possession counts for little.
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