Jesse Lingard was the Manchester United hero in the FA Cup when he scored a magnificent volley and he may be the hero a few months later in the Community Shield.
That’s because, during a rather drab first-half, Lingard broke the deadlock with a magnificent individual goal in the 31st minute (scroll down to watch the goal).
The 23-year-old collected the ball 35-yards out and surged through numerous tackles outside Leicester City’s penalty area before finishing calmly beyond Kasper Schmeichel.
Before the match, all eyes may have been on the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Wayne Rooney as they took on last season’s Premier League champions.
With United announcing before the match that Paul Pogba was undergoing a medical before completing a sensational return to Old Trafford, Lingard must know his place in the line-up this season is severely under threat.
Therefore, moments of magic like this at Wembley will serve as a reminder to Jose Mourinho that he has the quality to keep his place in the starting XI, despite the arrival of the Frenchman.
Under Louis van Gaal last season, Lingard managed to make 25 appearances in the league.
However, one aspect of his game that he will be hoping to improve is his goal tally. Just four strikes last campaign represents a fairly poor return for a midfielder with attacking tendencies.
Maybe the arrival of Pogba will bring out the best in him. They’ll certainly be able to ‘dab’ together while celebrating goals.
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