Michael Owen criticised Jesse Lingard for failing to celebrate properly after scoring for Manchester United against West Ham on Sunday.
The 28-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with the Hammers.
And he was a huge hit at the London Stadium. Jesse bagged nine goals and four assists in 16 Premier League games for West Ham before returning to Manchester United.
David Moyes tried hard to bring him back to the Hammers from Old Trafford but he was unsuccessful.
Lingard hasn’t been starting regularly for Man United this season but he has been used as an impact sub by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 28-year-old proved his worth for Manchester United on Sunday after he scored an absolute stunner in the dying minutes of the game to give his team all three points.
Jesse chose not to celebrate exuberantly. The West Ham fans appreciated that but one pundit in particular didn’t.
Michael Owen shocked by what Jesse Lingard did during West Ham vs Manchester United clash
The former Man United striker chastised Lingard for not celebrating in his usual manner, as quoted by The Mirror:
“The finish is absolutely sublime. The only thing that is poor 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, he was only there two minutes. If he didn’t want to score, if he’s not that 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 spectacular.”
It’s no surprise that Owen thinks this way.
This is the same man who once celebrated after scoring against a 13-year-old boy. He’s the same man who is disliked by Liverpool fans for referring to Manchester United as ‘we’.
Lingard did the right thing. The Hammers fans gave Jesse a great reception. So it was only right for him to return the favour.
Aside from that though, now is the time that we all move on from Lingard. He’s a Manchester United player. That’s clearly the way he wants it. And we should be focusing on players who want to be at West Ham.