Jesse Lingard was rather late to the party when he started performing the dab after scoring last season, but that hasn’t stopped him from turning the celebration into his own thing.
Indeed, he’s even taken to referring to himself as ‘The Dabberman’.
But, in an act that hopefully brings an end to Lingard’s antics, he’s teamed up with Chevrolet to create ‘Dab University’. And it’s as awful as it sounds.
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In a video posted on Chevrolet’s Twitter page, Lingard teaches United youngsters Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwich-Jackson how to perform the dab. Because they really wanted, much less needed, lessons in moving their heads towards the pit of their elbows.
The dab, which originated in the Atlanta hip-hop scene and has been performed by Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, is harmless.
But Lingard has taken it to new levels with this awful video. Check it out below.
We just have one question: If Lingard feels the need to provide a dab tutorial, where’s Robbie Keane showing us how to perform his cartwheel into forward roll move?
Anyway, fans have reacted with as much disgust as we have.
Maybe Lingard simply feels he needs to do something completely different to impress Jose Mourinho. The 23-year-old made too many appearances for fans’ liking last season but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan arriving, Lingard looks set for a role from the bench next season.
That said, he’s clearly been putting in the work in the pre-season. An image of Lingard looking ripped after a workout appeared on Instagram, no doubt to the delight of Mourinho.
Wealth of options
The new United manager has a wealth of options to choose from when he picks his attackers.
Perhaps the best thing going for Lingard is that he can play on the wing or through the middle. If he shows improvement from last season, that versatility will see him earn plenty of attention.
But he faces competition from Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial, while Memphis Depay and Adnan Januzaj will both vie for places in the squad.
We’ll see whether United’s vaunted attack can fire them to a Premier League title in 2016-17. On paper, the additions of Ibrahimovic, who scored 52 goals for Paris Saint-Germain, and Mkhitaryan, who set up 32 goals in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund, give the Red Devils arguably the strongest attack in the league.
If the pair settle quickly in England, then United could cruise to their first title since 2013.