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Opinion: Lingard abuse is too much, these United fans are right to support one of their own

Manchester United have condemned the actions of those who launched foul-mouthed insults towards Jesse Lingard following a 3-0 FA Cup fifth-round win over Derby County.

The England international played the full 90 minutes at Pride Park on Thursday as the Red Devils qualified for the quarter-finals. The Rams with Wayne Rooney as their captain missing out.

As Lingard prepared to head home after the win, he was singled out for abuse by those who greeted the lads onto United’s team bus.

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Lingard didn’t play poorly against Derby. If anything it looked like the midfielder was playing with more confidence, driving forward with the ball and trying to make things happen in the final third.

No, he’s not Bruno Fernandes. Nowhere near as good. But it has nothing to do with football when racism is brought into question.

We criticise United players from time to time but it’s always constructive. What good does slating a player do? Racism is never good.

Moreover, a lot of the abuse Lingard gets has seen him moved over a disappointing record of having registered no Premier League goals or assists in 2019.

Those struggles make him an easy target.

But it’s great to see Reds unite on social media to give Lingard some support.

That’s an interesting point by Jay. We don’t yet know if those caught abusing Lingard were United or Derby fans.

Lingard is living every Manchester United fan’s dream, playing for the club he loves, after coming through the youth ranks. Don’t forget that.

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