Three years ago to the day, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard both made their first-team debuts for Manchester United against Swansea City in the Premier League.
Herrera has since developed into a key midfielder for the Red Devils, and it would be fair to brand the Spaniard as one of Man United’s most popular players with the club’s fans.
Lingard, on the other hand, has had a tougher task convincing the supporters of his worth.
The 24-year-old, who signed a long-term contract with Man United last season, has scored 11 times in 85 appearances for his English club in all competitions.
The England international has developed a knack of scoring in big matches, but his ability to contribute on a consistent basis has been questioned over the last couple of seasons.
On Wednesday, Man United’s official Twitter account posted images of Herrera and Lingard in action on their first-team debuts, and the response from the club’s supporters suggests that the latter is still facing a difficult task to be fully accepted at Old Trafford.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 16, 2017
One of them is a talisman and the other is a lucky mascot for Wembley games. ???
— Akshay (@akshayd_mufc) August 16, 2017
Lingard should've had his last game at that point
— Jr. (@_DePhoenix) August 16, 2017
one should be sold ASAP. His name is LINGARD
— Obividic (@Obividic) August 16, 2017
Jesse lingard worst @manutd player
— HaiIlaali Baun (@ShabikiGwara) August 16, 2017
One is our next captain, the other should be sold
— Kofi Bronya (@essco) August 16, 2017
My most favorite player and least favorite player.
— Felicity FL (@FELICITYmayday) August 16, 2017
One is our future captain and the other one is a dab merchant
— Aamod Oak (@aamodMUFC) August 16, 2017
One is midfield excellence the other is Lingard
— Syahir (@SyahirAbdRahim) August 16, 2017