Although Manchester United’s young team came up just short against FC Astana yesterday evening, there was much to be positive about from a Red Devils standpoint.
Ole Gunnar Solskajer gave debuts aplenty to the next generation – the majority of which massively impressed. However, there was another major plus.
Jesse Lingard, who is United through and through, wore the captain’s armband for the first time. Aged 26, the Warrington-born-winger was the oldest outfield player on the pitch – and it was his goal that got the 20-time Premier League champions on the scoreboard first in Kazakhstan.
Anyway, shortly after the full-time whistle, Lingard took to social media to send a brilliant message to the fans – expressing his delight and honour at being named captain.
I know that Lingard has his fair share of doubters, some of them deserved, but he always gives his utmost for the cause. It’s also worth noting that the Englishman has been injured recently so perhaps us fans should give him a little leeway.
Now, though, it’s down to the player. Lingard has to churn out top-quality performances week-in-week-out. He has to use this positive momentum and morale to get back to his brilliant best. Failing that, the writing for his United career could be on the wall.