- Jesse Lingard comes off the Manchester United bench for a net winner at West Hamo
- The 28-year-old scored nine goals in 16 appearances for the Hammers last season
- Out of respect, the England international did not celebrate his 89th minute goal
- But Michael Owen insists his failure to celebrate against the former club was ‘bad’
Michael Owen on Sunday drew bizarre criticism of Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard for not celebrating their glorious late winner wildly at former club West Ham.
The 28-year-old scored nine goals in a 16-hammer appearance during a loan spell last season, but came off the bench with 17 minutes for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men at the weekend to take home a resounding 89th-minute winner.
United still needed a last gasp to save a David de Gea penalty from Mark Noble to win 2-1 at London Stadium, with Cristiano Ronaldo canceling Saeed Benrahma’s deflected opener in the first half .
Michael Owen awkwardly plays Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard (centre) to celebrate his goal against West Ham
The 28-year-old came off the bench to home a resounding winner against his former club
Nevertheless, Lingard made headlines with a scintillating ending just days after he made a horrific error with a back pass to lead Swiss side Young Boys to victory in their Champions League Group F clash.
But former Red Devils striker Owen was not impressed by Lingard’s failure to finally celebrate the goal, saying he should have passed the ball to a teammate if he himself had not defeated Hammer keeper Lukasz Fabianski. wanted.
‘The ending is absolutely sublime,’ Owen tells Premier League Productions via metro. ‘The only thing that’s bad about the whole scenario is that he doesn’t celebrate.
‘I can’t believe players don’t celebrate when they score a goal against their old club, it was only two minutes.
But Owen believes the failure to celebrate wildly was ‘bad’ and should have passed it if he didn’t want to score
Lingard scored nine goals in 16 appearances during a loan spell at London Stadium
‘If he didn’t want to score, if he’s not happy don’t pull the trigger, pass the ball, if that’s the case.
‘It’s the only thing that lets him down there, because everything else is absolutely fantastic.’
Lingard, however, accepted his tacit ceremony as his goal was out of respect for the club, who helped qualify for the Europa League last season.
lingard told MUTV: ‘He supported me during the debt period and gave me a warm welcome, so it was only right to return him.
United still needed to save a last-gas penalty from David de Gea to score three points
It was a great welcome from West Ham fans. I had a wonderful time here, but I had to do my job.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed after the game that Lingard will start against Hammer when the teams meet again in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
And Lingard admitted he now looks forward to challenging for silverware after putting an error behind him midweek.
‘That’s football. It’s the ups and downs of football, and the boys and the staff and the fans have been behind me all week and it was great to get the minutes up and coming,’ said Lingard.
Lingard’s surprise goal came just days after his back pass won the Young Boys
‘The main objective is obviously to win a trophy this season and I think we have the depth of the team to do that.
‘Everyone is hungry to play and everyone is working hard in training to be on that match day’s squad.
‘Everybody is always ready to play, so the latter players have to be ready to make a difference.
‘They are always playing tough against West Ham and playing them one after the other is a little different, but we will go into that game with confidence.’