Manchester United Football Club have always been known worldwide for their willingness to harness and develop young talent.
Under Jose Mourinho, I always thought that mantra would take a backward step, in fact, he’s shocked us all and put trust aplenty in academy graduates.
Perhaps his biggest success story is Jesse Lingard. The Warrington-born-winger has been playing phenomenal football all season long, and it was no different yesterday as he toyed with Swansea City with his excellent movement and brilliant football brain.
Although he didn’t get himself on the scoresheet, Lingard did pick up an assist with a delightful through ball into Alexis Sanchez. It was weighted to perfection, allowing the Chilean to run onto it and smash home.
It’s been a pleasure watching Lingard grow and develop as a footballer. At times in the past, it has looked like he wouldn’t have what it takes to make it at the highest level, but right now, he’s proving all his doubters wrong; both domestically and on the international stage.
His biggest asset is his intelligence both on and off the ball, and it’s super watching him succeed at the moment. As you’d imagine, the United fans were buzzing about ‘Jesse Messi’ all over social media, so we’ve compiled some of the best tweets below:
Jesse Lingard's game by numbers vs. Swansea:
100% tackles won
1 chance created
Great form continues. ? pic.twitter.com/GD1noHbilC
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 31, 2018
Lingard finding space off the front key to both United goals. Getting to be very good in that No.10 role.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) March 31, 2018
I love that Lingard is actually very good at football this season given he annoys the shit our of so many.
— Hayley (@Hayles_101) March 31, 2018
Lingard not only going but should be starting at the World Cup imo. Movement is superb. Why he still receives criticism is beyond me. Understand football and you understand what he brings. Lovely weight on ball to Sanchez as well. #MUFC
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) March 31, 2018
Lingard is actually sensational at #10.
— LJ™ ?? (@RealTalkUnited) March 31, 2018
Sanchez gets the goal he so desperately needed. Jesse Lingard carrying his England form into this game. Swansea all at sea in defence. Could see this getting worse for the Swans.
— Chris Winterburn (@cmwinterburn) March 31, 2018
Secret to Lingard's success is that he hangs out with Pogba and absorbs his confidence
— Zito (@_Zeets) March 31, 2018
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) March 31, 2018