Jesse Lingard demonstrated why he is still revered by the West Ham supporters by scoring a worldie at the London Stadium.
The Englishman, like his boyhood club, loves comebacks. After barely featuring for Manchester United during the first half of the 2020-21 season, he moved to London, and propelled David Moyes’ side to the European stage, producing goal involvement numbers on par with that of the Premier League’s finest forwards.
As such, a warm welcome from the home crowd on Sunday wasn’t a surprise.
Earlier this week, Lingard’s error in Switzerland cost United their first defeat of the season, leading to questions as to why he was still at United in the first place. However, at the very place he rejuvenated his career last campaign, the 28-year-old bounced back again to find a late winner and secure all three points for the visitors.
Reciprocating the respect he received from West Ham supporters when he was brought on, Lingard was reluctant to celebrate a goal worthy of one of his different dancing celebrations.
Nevertheless, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes weren’t having any of it, as they both pushed the England international in front of the away end, encouraging him to celebrate yet another comeback after a tough week.
David de Gea, who saved Mark Noble’s last-minute penalty, is also writing his own comeback script after coming in for strong criticism following the disastrous penalty shootout display in the Europa League final.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, deservedly so, has been rewarded for sticking with both Lingard and De Gea.