Jesse Lingard pictured in leg brace after injury

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It looks like Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

As reported by the Daily Express, the Old Trafford youngster was spotted leaving Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester on Monday afternoon. He left the facility on crutches with a leg brace over his injured right knee.

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Swansea injury

The 21-year-old was making his Premier League debut against Swansea in the campaign's opening game. But that lasted just 24 minutes as Lingard was forced off after making a challenge.

He seemed to tweak his right knee sliding for the ball near the touchline, and while United have so far refused on comment on the length of time he faces out, it doesn't look too positive for the youngster.

Team selection

United fielded an unorthodox team in Louis Van Gaal's first competitive match, with Lingard and Ashley Young as wing-backs and Tyler Blackett, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at the back.

And they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against the Swans, who left Old Trafford with three points thanks to goals from Ki Sung-Yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson. United's goal was scored by Wayne Rooney in the second half.


The defeat has only intensified calls for Van Gaal and chief executive Ed Woodward to add to the squad before the close of the transfer window next month. Arturo Vidal and Angel Di Maria are two of their top targets, but defensive reinforcements are desperately needed.

Sporting Lisbon's versatile defender Marcos Rojo and Ajax's Daley Blind are two potential additions, but both deals are proving complicated.

Roma's Mehdi Benatia is another who would improve the United squad, but a host of big names, including Bayern Munich, mean United are unlikely to get their own way in negotiations.

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