How Jesse Lingard’s Teammates Reacted To His Terrible Miss Against Watford

Manchester United's Paul Pogba comes on as a substitute to replace Jesse Lingard.

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Manchester United traveled all the way to Watford this gameweek only for them to return empty handed.

David de Gea let a strike from Ismalia Sarr in cheaply in the second half and Troy Deeney made no mistake from the spot to make it 2-0, following a botched tackle from Aaron Wan-Bissaka. United continued their trend of pulling off unexpected results against top sides and dropping points against struggling ones.

However, Harry Maguire believes that his side could’ve taken control in the first half, but failed to do so. The Englishman implied that if Jesse Lingard had finished his first half chance, it could’ve proved to be a turning point in the match.

But ultimately, Lingard missed, almost comically.

“He knows he has to score,” Maguire told Sky Sports. “That was a big chance in the game. The first goal is crucial. I missed one against Newcastle and we went on to lose.

“He has missed it, we moved on. We still had to go on and win the game but we didn’t.”

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The defender certainly has a point. Wingers are expected to finish their chances, especially the easy one. But singling the wideman may not exactly be the right way to go about it, especially when you are the most expensive defender in football history and your side is struggling defensively.

“We were not good enough and we have to improve,” the centre-back added. “It is something we cannot put our finger on. We are working hard in training. It is disappointing.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side currently sit 8th on the Premier League table, 3 points behind 5th placed Sheffield United and 7 points off the top-four. Champions League football seems further and further out of the Norwegian’s grasp every week.