Daniel James already has more Man United goal involvements than Jesse Lingard in 2019

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Jesse Lingard & Daniel James

Manchester United suffered their first defeat of the new season on Saturday as they lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

It was Palace's first victory over the Red Devils since 1991 and comes after United's solid start to the campaign - a 4-0 win over Chelsea and a 1-1 draw at Wolves.

In Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first summer as manager, Man Utd signed three young, hungry players in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James.

United dominated much of the game against Palace but eventually lost to Patrick van Aanholt's 93rd-minute winner which David de Gea will probably think he should've saved.

Jesse Lingard struggled to make a mark yet again, and comparing his form to James' impact since joining the club is surely another sign that he needs to be dropped from the starting XI.

Lingard disappoints once more for United

Lingard lined up in the number ten role in the Palace defeat, in behind Anthony Martial and with James and Marcus Rashford (who missed a penalty) either side of him.

Lingard controls the ball during Man Utd 1-2 Crystal Palace

The England international wasn't effective in the final third, a few of his passes went astray and he was substituted off for 17-year-old Mason Greenwood before the hour-mark.

James' Man Utd career so far

Welsh winger James has controversially picked up two yellow cards for simulation this week, however, he curled home an 89th-minute strike to temporarily level the game against Palace.

Since joining Man Utd from Swansea City, the 21-year-old has scored two goals in three games, whereas Lingard only has one FA Cup goal at Arsenal to his name this calendar year.

James celebrates his goal against Crystal Palace

James v Lingard for Man Utd in 2019

So, despite only arriving at the club this summer, James has already been directly involved in more goals for Man United than Lingard in the entirety of 2019 so far.

Lingard's statistics did the rounds online recently after people noticed he's registered zero goals and assists in 11 of the last 12 months of Premier League football.

Is it time for Lingard to be dropped?

James is absolutely rapid when he gets going and has a few skills up his sleeve too, and while Lingard has some qualities, his end product as a number ten simply isn't good enough.

Lingard protects the ball from Crystal Palace's Patrick van Aanholt

Should Solskjaer decide to drop Lingard in the coming weeks, United have two natural playmakers in Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira who can replace him.

Alternatively, Paul Pogba could be pushed further forward, with the likes of Nemanja Matic or Fred taking over the Frenchman's role alongside Scott McTominay in the middle of the park.

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