It would be easy for Manchester United fans to read the headline of this article and instantly think the opposite.
Statistically speaking, of course, you would be right to. It’s been made public knowledge of Lingard’s lack of goals and assists in the Premier League this season.
His only goal coming in the 98th minute of the final game of the season. Which was much to many punters dismay, who had bets on the midfielder not registering a goal or an assist all campaign.
We must be mindful though, of why this has been the case. At the end of the season, he used his Instagram account to outline the off-field issues he’d been facing, conforming his mother’s depression, and becoming the primary carer for his two younger siblings.
Huge changes in which, without doubt, would affect anyone’s form.
Unfortunately for Lingard, competition is already high in the positions he is competing for. The emergence of Mason Greenwood and the influential signing of Bruno Fernandes has moved the 27-year-old further down the pecking order.
United have also been heavily linked with Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, another player whom you’d assume would start ahead of Lingard.
With this all these signs pointing to the exit door, why should Man United not listen to offers for Lingard?
Signs of Improvement
Written off by pundits and fans alike, Lingard has now, more than ever, as a huge point to prove if he is to continue his career at his boyhood club.
Two goals in two games might not sound like much, but for someone who’s been low on confidence, this will be a huge boost to morale.
Boss Ole Solskjaer noting Lingard’s recent improvement;
“He’s growing in confidence, worked hard on his finishing and I’m happy for him to score. I’ve known Jesse since he was a kid, there’s a good player, a great personality, he knows what we want from him.”
You don’t just get over 200 appearances at a club like Man United for being an average player.
His eight goals and six assists in the 2017-18 Premier League season made him one of the first names on the team sheet for England at Euro 2020.
He’s also scored huge goals in FA Cup and League Cup Finals. One poor season should not define his career as a Man Utd player.
Most importantly, he gets what it means to play for such an illustrious club, “Man United’s in my blood and I love playing for the club.”
It will remain to be seen as to whether he will be given a chance to return to this form.
What do Man Utd fans think?