Manchester United have condemned the abuse aimed at Jesse Lingard after Thursday night’s FA Cup win at Derby.
The Manchester Evening News report a United spokesperson says the club “completely condemns” the verbal attack on Lingard as he boarded the team bus after the 3-0 victory.
The club also suggest the offensive comments “crossed the line” and United will work with Derby County to try and identify the culprit or culprits.
It is unclear whether the abusers were United fans, but the audio from a video circulating on Twitter, is damning evidence of the type of abuse aimed at footballers.
Lingard was called “s***” and “w***” before being told to ‘f*** off” as he signed autographs before getting on the team bus.
The midfielder, 27, made a rare start at Pride Park, but has not lined up in the Premier League since New Year’s Day.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about Lingard’s performance on Thursday night. He said: “He was like the rest of the team. I thought we did a professional job, working hard. It didn’t flow for either the team or him early on, but he improved as the game went on.”
Lingard, who recently linked up with super agent Mino Raiola, will have just one year remaining on his United deal this summer, but the club has the option of an additional year.
Whether or not United will exercise that option is unclear and Solskjaer hinted this week that time could be up for some of his misfiring squad.
Solskajer said: “I’ve got to make decisions and one day… well, you give them one warning and that’s it probably, and then the next thing maybe they are not here anymore. You don’t have to explain every time then. You might have to think about it after.
“Football has changed and some players get affected by ‘I’ve made money, I’ve made this, I’ve won a trophy, I can sit back and relax’. I had the best of the lot as a manager. If you win something you move on.”