Jesse Lingard’s iconic moments for Manchester United, West Ham, England and more

From numerous loan moves across the Football League to starring on the big stage for both Manchester United and England, Jesse Lingard has given us some iconic moments throughout his career.

Jesse Lingard has had quite an eventful footballing career.

Following several loan moves to sides in the Championship, Lingard burst his way into the Manchester United first team and England national side. Then he found himself out of favour both at Old Trafford and with England, until a loan move to West Ham United brought him back to his brilliant best.

With his scintillating runs and direct style of play, Lingard has produced many standout moments of his career. From tearing it up in the Championship, to becoming a fans favourite at boyhood club Manchester United. Planet Sport looks at his best moments during his impressive career.

Dream debut for Birmingham City

After an impressive pre-season tour with Manchester United in the summer of 2013, Lingard hoped that he would remain with the first team. However, then United boss David Moyes decided that he wasn't quite ready, and a month-long loan deal to Championship side Birmingham City followed.

Two days later, Lingard was named in the starting XI and thrown straight into action for The Blues' league game against Sheffield Wednesday. Having had Championship experience already, with Leicester City, Lingard knew what to expect at this level and was a man on a mission to prove his doubters wrong.

Lingard scored his first ever senior goal on his debut after twenty minutes, and only thirteen minutes later completed his hat-trick. Lingard went on to add a fourth goal in the second half as the game resulted in a 4-1 victory with Lingard claiming all the plaudits.

A real goal poacher throughout, his knack for goals was clear to see as he was too hot to handle for the Wednesday defence.

Opening his account at Manchester United

Despite his impressive goal scoring form in the Championship and pre-season tours with United, it wasn't until November 2015 where Lingard finally scored his first senior goal at the club.

United were being held to a goalless draw at half-time against West Bromwich Albion and were in need of something special to break the deadlock. Up stepped Lingard shortly after the restart with a brilliant curling effort from outside of the box to make it 1-0 to United.

United went on to win the game 2-0, but it was Lingard who was getting all the headlines as the boyhood fan scored in front of the Stretford End to inspire United to victory.

Then United manager, Louis van Gaal, in an interview after the game went on to say: "He scored a fantastic goal. I'm very happy for him because he deserves it. He played very well."

Stepping up at the big occasions

Lingard was finally starting to make a name for himself at Old Trafford, adding a further three goals to his tally during the 2015/16 season. However, it was his fifth and final goal of the campaign that will be remembered fondly by the fans.

Manchester United had made it to the FA Cup final to face Crystal Palace. United were the favourites and Van Gaal opted for a more experienced side, leaving Lingard on the bench.

Lingard eventually came on in the second half as United looked for inspiration once again. Juan Mata managed to equalise for the Red Devils late in the game after Palace had taken the lead, forcing the match into extra time.

As United pressed for a winner, that man Lingard was once again in the right place at the right time as he volleyed home in the 110th minute, winning the FA Cup for Manchester United.

It was this strike that cemented Lingard as a new fans' favourite.

Big game player

This taste of glory following his heroics in the FA Cup final meant that Lingard now had a thirst for the big games.

In the 2016/17 season, Lingard followed his winning goal at Wembley with not one, but two more goals in different finals that year.

His first came against reigning Premier League champions Leicester City in the FA Community Shield final. Lingard scored the opening goal to set United up for victory. After receiving the ball near the half-way line, Lingard breezed past the Leicester defence and finished with aplomb.

A few months later, United found themselves at Wembley yet again in the EFL Cup final against Southampton. Lingard once again added to his scoring at Wembley tally by netting United's second of the match and helping them to victory once more.

Lingard became one of only three players in history to have scored in each of those finals.

World Cup wonder goal

It was now clear to see that Lingard loved to play on the big stage, but could he do it for his nation on the biggest stage of them all?

England went into the 2018 FIFA World Cup with little expectation of what was to come but following a last-minute winner in their first game of the tournament against Tunisia, hopes had once again been lifted.

Their second game of the tournament came against new opposition in the form of South American side Panama, who were appearing at the World Cup for the very first time. Following their emphatic finish in the previous game, England were gunning for more glory.

A 6-1 triumph had England record their biggest ever victory at a World Cup as they cruised past the tournament debutants, securing a place in the last 16 as a result. Harry Kane was the hat-trick hero that day as he took all the headline news, however it was a piece of Jesse Lingard magic that was arguably the highlight of the game.

England were already 2-0 up and in control of the game, they weren't planning on stopping there. Another one of Lingard's explosive runs saw him link-up with Raheem Sterling outside of the penalty area, before he unleashed a stunning curling effort from 25 yards out past the stranded keeper.

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One of the goals of the tournament and one of the best moments of England's World Cup campaign.

Ole's dream boy

Following the sacking of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker manager to try and turn their season around.

The new manager's first game in charge was against relegation threatened side Cardiff City. This was a must win game for The Red Devils as they looked to claw back points on the top five above them.

In what was an impressive first display under the new coach, Lingard was once again on top form when it mattered most as he scored two goals and assisted another in a thumping 5-1 victory.

Lingard was a constant threat during the game, much to the delight of Solskjaer. His attacking instinct helped round off a brilliant free-flowing move for the assist, and his scintillating runs wreaked havoc in the Cardiff defence.

The comeback king

Despite the heroics for both club and country, Lingard found himself without regular game time due to a drop in form, niggling injuries and personal issues..

Players such as Bruno Fernandes and Dan James were picked ahead of Lingard, as well as Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho for England.

However, a rare opportunity was handed to Lingard on the final day of the 2019/20 season against Leicester City. United went into the game hoping for a win to secure UEFA Champions League qualification.

The stakes were high for United, and they finally found a breakthrough in the 71st minute through a Fernandes penalty. With Chelsea comfortably winning in the other deciding game, they knew that holding onto this lead was crucial.

Lingard replaced Mason Greenwood in the final 15 minutes of the game, with United clinging on to a lead which would see them clinch third place. With tensions at their peak, up stepped Lingard once again with a vital goal right at the death.

In what was his only Premier League goal of the season, and his first since December 2018, Lingard had secured a Champions League spot for United in classic fashion.

A lease of new life

Unfortunately for Lingard, he remained in the shadows at Old Trafford at the start of the 2020/21 season.

He was slipping down the pecking order for both club and country, and with Euro 2020 now taking place in the summer of 2021, Lingard needed a move elsewhere if he stood any chance of being selected.

Late on in the January transfer window, Lingard was allowed to move to Premier League rivals West Ham United, in what would be his fifth loan move of his career. However, it was a move that would turn his career around.

The kid who loves to perform on his debut did so yet again as he scored two goals in his first game for the Hammers in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa. This form continued as Lingard became one of the most in-form players in the league, notching in a further nine goals and four assists in just 10 games.

It wasn't just the number of goals that Lingard suddenly started scoring that was impressive, but the quality of them as well. A dizzying solo run against Wolverhampton Wanderers is up there with the best, but a superb strike from outside of the box against Arsenal is probably the pick of the bunch.

This upturn in form saw Lingard picked once again by England manager, Gareth Southgate, for their recent World Cup qualifiers. There has also been suggestion of a permanent move in the summer to West Ham or even Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

The future looks bright for Lingard.

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