Manchester United fans have signed up for a roller-coaster ride which is seven years in the running. The club that once stood tall upon the echelons of English football have seen their fortunes wane in the recent years.
With the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at the club came a transition period that simply does not appear to be on the cusp of getting over.
Further still, the side is in desperate need of a guiding force and under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a semblance of that appears to be in place, albeit in an inconsistent manner.
Several players have faced the brunt of this lack of consistency and Jesse Lingard is certainly one to receive it hard, especially this season.
A particularly woeful statistic pertaining to the English forward is that the academy graduate has not scored or assisted in the entirety of 2019 playing Premier League football for Manchester United, save a penalty goal in January against Burnley. To make matters worse, Lingard’s other singular goal in Europe too came against Astana.
Fans had a strong reaction to this, especially since Lingard keeps being handed the ‘potential’ card despite being 27 years of age.
Assists in 2019:
Chris Kavanagh – 1
Jesse Lingard – 0
— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) December 29, 2019
I would like to take this moment to apologize to Lucas Vasquez for ever comparing him to Jesse Lingard. Guy went 365 DAYS without having a single goal contribution.
On his worst day Lucas Vasquez is scoring and providing assists in UCL QFs.
— Jeff (@Jdrista) December 29, 2019
Jesse Lingard ends 2019 with fewer Premier League assists in Manchester United games than Jonas Lossl.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) December 28, 2019
Jesse Lingard who gets paid £110,000 every single week just finished off 2019 in style. He scored 0 goals and assisted 0 in the entire Premier League year. He plays Arsenal next on New Year's day which means he'll bag a hat-trick.
— 360Sources (@360Sources) December 28, 2019
Many have echoed the looming sentiment that perhaps the time is up for Lingard who has often been the direct source of the creative deficit at Old Trafford.
Recently, the player himself did open up about the difficult set of personal circumstances that may have been hindering his on-field performances.
While some fans did empathize with his situation, there does appear to be an overwhelming amount of displeasure regarding the player’s performances.
What will the upcoming decade hold for the once-promising academy graduate?