Jesse Lingard has explained his touchline exchange with Manchester United fans during Sunday’s 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool.
United’s fans booed the hosts off at half-time with Liverpool already 4-0 up. Hundreds decided to leave Old Trafford, but the majority opted to stay and prolong their agony. And Lingard was the mis-guided target for some United fans as he warmed up by the tunnel.
Lingard, who has yet to start a game in the Premier League this season, was an unused sub on Sunday.
The 28-year-old though was still told to “work harder” by angry fans during the defeat.
Lingard, Paul Pogba and Diogo Dalot were warming up in the first half when the former was shouted at by United fans.
The midfielder turned to them and shouted back: “I’m not even on the pitch!”
And after the game Lingard clarified exactly what was said. Speaking on Twitter, he said: “It wasn’t abuse!
“He said, ‘work harder’ like I’m not already doing that day in and day out! And I said, ‘I’m not even on he pitch.” End of!!”
— Pogbarian_8 (@Mutie_8) October 24, 2021
Team-mate Luke Shaw fronted up after the defeat and told Stadium Astro: “Not good enough. I know of course this is a team sport but as individuals we need to be accountable for some of the performances.
“That’s why I’m out here now, I’m not hiding in there and not speaking, I’ve come out and I will say I was not good enough. Of course I speak on behalf of myself, not the team.
Luke Shaw fronts up
“I am accountable for my performance, it wasn’t good enough. I am not here to speak about the team, we know we can be better but for me I also need to be better than I was today.
“That’s why I have come here, speaking to you, and tell you how it is. It’s ourselves we need to look at first and foremost in the mirror. Are we doing everything right and preparing right for the games and ourselves?
“We have the tactics and how the manager wants us to play. At times, we’re too easy to play through against.
“You look at the first goal, it can’t be possible that they can have three running through in the first five minutes. We need to be more compact, we need to be better.”
“This result was coming,” Shaw added. “In past games where we’ve won, we haven’t been at our best. We felt that inside the dressing room and today we have to reflect and we have to move on from this because it hurts.”