Old Trafford found themselves on the wrong side of a Fergie-time winner as Crystal Palace secured a 2-1 victory against Manchester United.
The Eagles opened unexpectedly in the first-half via Jordan Ayew following which they absorbed the brunt of United’s relentless attacks.
However, the Red Devils simply lacked the creative intent and penetrating power to break through Roy Hodgson’s deep defense and were frustrated despite doing everything right much of the first-half.
When Daniel James equalized in the 89th minute, much hope were injected back into the home side, only for Patrick van Aanholt to silence their approach with his goal in the 93rd minute.
While there was lot of blame to go around and flaws to be nitpicked after the full-time whistle, including the unfortunate penalty miss of Marcus Rashford, supporters of the side channeled their frustration onto one player, in particular.
Jesse Lingard was heavily criticized on Twitter for his poor showing against Palace. The Englishman simply wasn’t good enough as a no.10 and his presence often negated the kind of offensive inputs that were being made all around him.
Most supporters pointed out to the fact that Lingard was symbolic of the creative midfielder that United failed to sign in the summer and that this was merely a trickle-down effect from that brand of incompetence from the club’s board.
I admire Lingard. Luckiest guy in sport. He’s like a competition winner living his dream.
— 'Drawty' (@DrawtyDevil) August 24, 2019
Mourinho should be given a knighthood for making Jesse Lingard look like a somewhat decent footballer.
— ً (@UtdHenry) August 24, 2019
Jesse Lingard has managed ZERO goals and assists for Manchester United in 2019.
Daniel James just arrived from the Championship and has already scored twice. pic.twitter.com/Spxk86VPAa
— BlameFootball (@blamefootball) August 24, 2019
Further, it became evident that Lingard ought to score and create goals if he hopes to sustain his presence in the first team. Calls to replace him with academy graduate Angel Gomes were also staunch.
Even Juan Mata may be a better experiment in that spot given that his experience and composure is a certain one-up to Lingard.
Moreover, even Paul Pogba is well capable of functioning and even thriving as a no.10, but here United’s lack of apt feet deeper in their midfield becomes a woe.