Jesse Lingard.

The real reason Jesse Lingard produced finger on lips celebration vs Everton

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Jesse Lingard has scored more Premier League goals this season than Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Eden Hazard, Sadio Mane and Dele Alli - just let that sink in for a second.

He's come to life under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and once again produced the goods during Monday's 2-0 win against Everton.

From Paul Pogba's pass, Lingard evaded two challenges before beating Jordan Pickford with a sumptuous curled strike into the top-right corner.

It was his seventh goal in nine Premier League games, which is a fantastic record and one that now finds him second top goalscorer for his club behind Romelu Lukaku (10).

So what's changed? Lingard only scored once in 25 league games last season; now he has seven in 18, not to mention two more assists (four).

Lingard claims he's been given more freedom by Mourinho, who's told him to cut inside on to his right foot and shoot from range.

"I've been pushing myself to get as many goals as I can this season," said Lingard. "Playing on the left, the boss has given me licence to cut inside."

It's certainly working for the 25-year-old and you can tell he's in a good mood when he produces unique goal celebrations.

Everton v Manchester United - Premier League

Against Everton, Lingard sprinted to United's travelling fans with his fingers on his lips before looking into the camera and zipping his mouth shut.

Most people assumed his celebration was in response to his haters, of which he still has many, but the Mirror have another theory.

Over the weekend, The Sun ran a story stating Lingard cheated on his model girlfriend, Jena Frume, with a single mum after the recent 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.

And the Mirror claim Lingard's celebration - not to mention his post-game tweet - was in response to those rumours.



It would certainly make sense for Lingard to respond to those reports by scoring and celebrating, so the Mirror are definitely on to something.

And besides, Lingard knows his performances alone are silencing his critics, so he doesn't need a celebration to do that as well.

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