VIDEO: Man Utd Winger Jesse Lingard Produces Superb Flicked Through Ball Against Real Salt Lake
If Manchester United fans have been slightly underwhelmed by Jesse Lingard's performances to date, they may well be encouraged by what they saw against Real Salt Lake on Tuesday.
The Red Devils ran out 2-1 winners in their pre-season friendly against the MLS side, with goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and new signing Romelu Lukaku.
But one of the moments of the game came from Lingard, who impressed throughout, linking up well with his attacking teammates.
Towards the end of the first half, the 24-year-old received the ball from a looping Paul Pogba header and managed to pull off a perfectly weighted flick into the path of Lukaku.
The watching United fans will be hoping that he can replicate such moments of improvised flair when the Premier League season kicks off next month.
Manager Jose Mourinho offered his assessment of the victory, praising the first half performance of his players.
“I really liked the first 30 minutes against their best team but in the second half they changed and they changed again and the boys that were playing were more on the run and in the fight than in the play but it's okay, it's an experience,” he told MUTV.
"This is pre-season, the results are not the most important thing. People sometimes focus too much on the results. I never do it if the results are good, if the results are bad.
"I just want to train and to develop the players and give them minutes to play and obviously the other game had better conditions to be a better match than today, especially because they changed the team twice."