Jesse Lingard may not be the greatest technical talent Manchester United have ever produced, or even the greatest technical talent currently at Old Trafford, but there’s a reason every manager since Sir Alex Ferguson has found room for the attacking midfielder in their first-team squad.
Industrious, versatile, well-liked by his team-mates and developing a knack for scoring big goals, the England international certainly has his uses – as he showed against Watford on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils found themselves facing a Canaries comeback after going three goals up, but it was Lingard who ended any chance of missing out on the victory with a mazy run from his own half that ended in him sliding the ball beyond Heurelho Gomes.
After dropping Henrikh Mkhitaryan and publicly venting his frustrations with Juan Mata’s contributions against Brighton, that’s made Lingard – who Transfermarkt value at £10.8million – a pretty strong candidate to start against Arsenal at the weekend.
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