Jesse Lingard Receives Stunning Reception on Manchester United Return

Jesse Lingard Receives Stunning Reception on Manchester United Return

Martin Moses
  • Jesse Lingard was warmly received back at Old Trafford by Manchester United fans on his first return
  • Lingard made his first appearance against his former side but could not last the entire 90 minutes
  • He left as a free agent at the end of last season after his contract expired

Jesse Lingard was treated to a rapturous reception by Manchester United fans on his first return to Old Trafford.

Lingard was part of the Nottingham Forrest team that played against Manchester United on December 27th. It was his first-ever appearance against his boyhood club.

Jesse Lingard, Manchester United, Old Trafford, Nottingham Forrest
Fans of Manchester United applaud Jesse Lingard during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford on December 27, 2022.Photo by Matthew Ashton
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Head Coach Steve Cooper threw him in right from the start but he had to leave the pitch prematurely in the 53rd minute with an injury. Lewis O'Brien took his place.

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Manchester United vs Nottingham Forrest

The England international could not make an impact against his former side as goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial helped the Red Devils to a 2-0 lead before halftime. Fred added a late goal to ensure maximum points.

As Lingard went off, he was treated to a very warm reception by the Manchester United faithful. He joined the club when he was seven years old and scored some crucial goals over the years.

The win moves Manchester United to within a point of fourth place with a game in hand while Nottingham's relegation woes compound as they remain just a point from the last spot.

Lingard tears into Ole Gunnar

He was frustrated at how his time at Old Trafford ended. Sports Brief reported that Lingard had lashed out at Manchester United and former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for how he was treated during his time at Old Trafford.

Lingard had a turbulent time at Manchester United with regular game time coming hard to come by under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

After an impressive loan spell at West Ham United. The Londoners wanted him on a permanent deal but Solskjaer put breaks on the deal with the promise of game time. The 30-year-old is yet to find his feet at Nottingham Forrest with Steven Cooper's men struggling to find rhythm after overhauling the whole squad that gained promotion.