The goal was not just the last goal of the prolonged season, it was the only goal of the 27-year-old England attacking midfielder this season after 22 appearances for Manchester United in the Premier League.
However, Lingard has done better in United’s Europa League campaign this season where he has scored one goal and has made an assist in just 7 appearances. He has also performed fairly in this season’s FA Cup where he scored a goal in 4 appearances.
Altogether, Jesse Lingard has made 38 appearances for Manchester United in all competitions during the 2019-2020 season, scoring three goals and making two assists.
The season was terrible for Lingard when compared to the 2018-2019 season where he played 27 Premier League matches, scoring 4 goals and making 2 assist. He even had a better Premier League season in 2017-2018 where he scored 8 goals and made 5 assists in 33 league matches.
Lingard would have had the worst season of his career in the just concluded 2019-2020 Premier League season if he had not scored that last-minute goal in United’s last Premier League match against Leicester City which ended 0-2 in favour of United and catapulted the Red Devils back to UEFA Champions League.
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Very happy for you Jesse and thanks for returning when we needed you pic.twitter.com/bHgL8vml2D— Tяυsτ №¹-Yahya™ (@RealistYahz) July 26, 2020
The Manchester United star knows how terrible the season was for him and how much football fans have been mocking him on all social media platforms, hence, he took to his Instagram page on Tuesday to give his reflection on his performance.
The flamboyant attacking midfielder shared a picture showing when he was celebrating his only goal of the season while backing the camera. In the caption, Jesse Lingard admitted that the season was a difficult one for him; he acknowledged the frustration of the fans towards his performance and pledged his continuous commitment to the goals of Manchester United.
He wrote: “I’m starting with the man in the mirror I’m asking him to change his ways.
This season has been difficult for so many reasons. I lost who I was as a player and person, but I never wanted to give up, I knew who I really was on and off the pitch and knew that having been there before I could get there again. This meant working harder than I’d ever done before and trusted in those around me that they knew how to best help me achieve that.
“I know the fans have been frustrated but in all this time my love for this club and everyone connected to it has never left me. This team, this club is my family and I will continue to keep working harder than ever to help this team achieve its goals.”
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Im starting with the man in the mirror im asking him to change his ways. This season has been difficult for so many reasons. I lost who I was as a player and person, but I never wanted to give up, I knew who I really was on and off the pitch and knew that having been there before I could get there again. This meant working harder than I’d ever done before and trusting in those around me that they knew how to best help me achieve that. I know the fans have been frustrated but in all this time my love for this club and everyone connected to it has never left me. This team, this club is my family and I will continue to keep working harder than ever to help this team achieve its goals. ❤️🔴🙏🏾 #MUFamily
Reason for Jesse Lingard’s depreciation
Jesse Lingard has spent over 5 years at Manchester United and has gone on loan to Brighton and Derby County in between, but he has never fallen as low as he fell this season. He only continued with Manchester United because the manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes in him.
Lingard has once admitted during a media interview that the manager has told him that he has been given the last chance to prove himself and that chance could have been the just concluded Premier League season since he just has until June 2021 before his current contract with United expires.
However, it is believed that Lingard’s career started declining heavily in 2019 when his mother fell so sick that she couldn’t continue with her motherly role. Hence, Lingard had to assume the responsibility of taking care of his two siblings.
“I have been down and glum; just worrying”, he told Mail in 2019. “I felt like everybody just passed all the stuff to me and it weighed on my shoulders. It was like, ‘Here you go Jesse, you deal with this on your own’.
“My mum has had some things for years but never really got help. Now she is. So I have been taking care of my brother (15-year-old Jasper) and sister (12-year-old Daisy-Boo).
“They are with me. It has been tough to see my loved ones struggling and then I have to come to work and try to do my job.”
In the other hand, some of his critics believe that Manchester United star just has a passion for football but his main calling was to be a dancer based on how he celebrates whenever he scores.