Jesse Lingard Scores First Domestic Goal in Over a Year, Social Media Erupts

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It took well over a year, but the day has finally come- Jesse Lingard has scored in an English competition. It came on a pitch in absolutely horrible, awful shape and it was scored against Tranmere Rovers, a League One side that looks destined for League Two next year.

So yes, the forward who has been referred to by at least one pundit as “a professional Instagrammer” is finally back on the score sheet, and all he had to do was play against a side that it essentially on par with the fourth tier of English football, on a pitch in horrific shape. Find your level! Here is the video footage, just in case you don’t believe that it actually happened:

Adding to the craziness, Phil Jones, yes Phil Jones actually scored too! United then get goals from two more highly unlikely names to appear on the score sheet- Harry Maguire and Diogo Dalot. The Red Devils rolled to a 5-0 halftime lead by halftime, and with it secured a place in the fifth round.

Lingard did his patented “J Lingz” celebration after scoring, and rightfully caught a lot of heat for it on social media. Speaking of Twitter, here are some of the more notable and colorful reactions to Lingard ending his goal scoring drought (it’s more like the Sahara Desert) today.

Lingard now has many goals in 2020 as he had in all of 2019. United won by a final score of 6-0.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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