Last weekend, Jesse Lingard scored for Manchester United for the first time in over a year. For a lifelong Red, that would’ve been an exhilarating moment. Unfortunately for the 28-year-old, his celebrations lasted only two days.
Against Young Boys earlier this week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his side were runaway favourites to win but despite taking the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo, a red card for Aaron Wan-Bissaka tipped proceedings towards the home side.
It looked like United were able to escape with a point but a fatal backpass from Jesse Lingard gifted Young Boys all three points in the dying exchanges.
It will have been an especially difficult moment for Lingard, who has finally resurrected his career following his stellar loan spell at West Ham.
He does, however, have the chance to instantly redeem himself. United travel down to London this weekend to face West Ham and Lingard could return to haunt his former side. He remains a favourite among the Hammers’ support and is likely to receive a warm reception.
His goalscoring cameo against Newcastle could bear some weight in Solskjaer’s thinking and although an appearance from the bench is more likely, Lingard starting the game shouldn’t be ruled out completely.
The darkness from Tuesday will instantly be forgotten if he helps United win another three points in their promising start to the league.