Lingard continues on improving with each game.
But it could have all turned out differently…
Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has revealed he thought his United career was over after a holiday video he posted on social media which did not go down well with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Lingard received widespread criticism from all quarters.
He endured a poor run of performances that cost him his place for his club and England, with a strike in the 2-1 loss to Astana last month ending a 307-day wait to score a goal. During pre-season, the 26-year-old posted a crude video to Snapchat while on holiday with friends and was disciplined by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Lingard opened up on the situation in an interview with Daily Mail. “It genuinely was a mistake to post it. I have a lot of young followers and I would never put that out there deliberately. It was an accident.
“I was meaning to send it privately to one of my friends. I was on a plane waiting to take off. Someone from the club texted me and said: ‘Take the video down.’
“When I realized what I had done, my heart just sank into my stomach. I was like, ‘I am done at United now. This is the final straw.’
“I was told the manager was going mad, but I was in the air for two hours and literally couldn’t do anything. When I got back, I came in early to speak to the manager and apologize. He said I was on my last chance. He said I had to get my head down and that is what I have done. I am not stupid.
“There is no way I was going to let what I have at this club be taken away. On the whole, I have cut down on my social media stuff now. You do what you have to do,” he said.
The talk with Solskjaer proved to be a turning point, with Lingard having impressed from the start in last week’s wins over Tottenham and Manchester City after an encouraging appearance off the bench in a 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion last month.