Jesse Lingard’s first senior goal for Manchester United, in the 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion, has been voted the club’s Goal of the Month for November.
Early in the second half of the game at Old Trafford, Lingard trapped the ball on the edge of the box and calmly placed it beyond Baggies goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, to send the Stretford End into raptures.
The measured strike was a comfortable winner in ManUtd.com’s poll, picking up 50 per cent of fans’ votes. Memphis’s volley at Watford came second with 19 per cent, while Angel Gomes’s fine finish for the Under-18s at Derby County completed the top three with 9 per cent. Five other goals were shortlisted.
United manager Louis van Gaal said after the West Brom game: “In the training session earlier this week, Jesse had these chances but shot directly. I told him to control the ball first because, with that touch, you have more of a feel of the ball – he did that today and scored a fantastic goal.”
Lingard’s team-mate Juan Mata added on MUTV: “It was a very, very good goal. We have seen him doing that in training almost every week. Jesse is a great guy and we are very happy for him. He has all the qualities you need to succeed at this club and we are happy for his first goal.”
The accolade caps a dream few weeks for the Warrington-born winger, who also earned a maiden call-up to the England squad and was nominated for the Reds’ Player of the Month award alongside Chris Smalling and eventual winner Bastian Schweinsteiger.