Jesse Lingard chose a pretty good time to bag his first Manchester United goal and end their 380-minute scoring drought during their Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion this afternoon.
The 22-year-old, making only his fifth senior start for the Red Devils, brought a flat Old Trafford to life with this well-taken curler into the bottom corner on 52 minutes, after a poor Chris Brunt clearance.
United’s three previous domestic games had ended goalless – league draws with Manchester City and Crystal Palace, and a Capital One Cup last-16 exit on penalties to Championship Middlesbrough.
This has resulted in accusations that Louis van Gaal’s side are boring to watch, with treble-winning ‘Class of 92’ legend Paul Scholes among the Dutchman’s most fierce critics, as the Daily Star reports.
Nevertheless, victory over the Baggies would take United to within a point of the top of the table, which, along with a goal from a fellow academy graduate, might draw a rare smile from Scholes and the sceptics.
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