Louis van Gaal has hailed Jesse Lingard’s impact in his Manchester United team after the youngster curled in a beauty seven minutes into the second half against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League.

Spaniard Juan Mata made it 2-0 for the Red Devils against the Baggies but their previous three league matches had ended goalless and Van Gaal admitted after today’s match that bringing Lingard into his first-team was the ‘solution’ to his side’s goal drought.

“We played three games in a row without scoring a goal, though we had more than enough chances. That’s why you look for solutions and one of those was to bring Jesse into the team,” Van Gaal said after Lingard scored on his first league start for United.

“Of course, it was again a fantastic goal because Jesse Lingard scored his first goal today.

“In the training session earlier this week, he had these chances but shot directly, I told him to control the ball first because with that touch you have more of a feel of the ball – he did today it and scored a fantastic goal.

“I’m very happy for him, he deserves it because I think he played very well. I’m a happy manager today.”


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