Jamie Carragher believes Jesse Lingard is firmly establishing himself as a “vital player” at Manchester United.
The Red Devils midfielder scored Manchester United’s second goal in a 2-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park on Monday evening to help Jose Mourinho’s win their first Premier League game in four outings.
Lingard sccored a brilliant goal from outside the area with nine minutes to go to net his seventh Premier League goal of the season following Anthony Martial’s opener on the blue half of Merseyside.
The 25-year-old has now scored seven times and has also made two assists in his last 10 outings in all competitions to become a key member of Mourinho’s team.
Lingard has been regularly involved in the Manchester United first-team squad under Louis van Gaal and Mourinho after earning a reputation for scoring big goals but has lacked consistency.
But the England international is starting to score goals on a regular basis to prove himself a key player under the Portuguese coach.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher praised Lingard’s development under Mourinho.
“He was very good,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“He’s a player you feel now is firmly establishing himself as a Manchester United player. I always felt he was a man who would be subbed and maybe come on and try and make a difference. But he has scored the winner in the FA Cup final and has seven goals in his last nine Premier League games.
“It looks like he’s becoming a vital player for Jose Mourinho.”
Van Gaal was responsible for handing Lingard his Manchester United debut in a 2-1 loss to Swansea in the opening game of the 2014-15 season.
Lingard has scored 21 times in 109 games in all competitions since making his debut in 2014.
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