Michael Owen blasts Jesse Lingard for not celebrating spectacular late winner for Manchester United


‘He was only there two minutes’: Michael Owen blasts Jesse Lingard for not celebrating spectacular late winner for Man United against former club West Ham… and says he should have passed if he didn’t want to score!

  • Jesse Lingard came off the Manchester United bench to net winner at West Ham 
  • The 28-year-old scored nine goals in 16 games for the Hammers last season 
  • Out of respect, the England international did not celebrate his 89th minute goal 
  • But Michael Owen insists his failure to celebrate against former club was ‘poor’ 


Michael Owen has bizarrely criticised Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard for not wildly celebrating his brilliant late winner at former club West Ham on Sunday.

The 28-year-old scored nine goals in 16 Hammers appearances during a loan spell last season, but came off the bench for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men at the weekend with 17 minutes to go to curl home a sublime 89th minute winner.

United still needed a last-gasp David de Gea penalty save from Mark Noble to secure the 2-1 win at the London Stadium, with Cristiano Ronaldo having cancelled out Said Benrahma’s deflected opener in the first half.

Michael Owen has bizarrely Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard (centre) to wildly celebrate his goal against West Ham

The 28-year-old came off the bench to curl home a brilliant winner against his former club

The 28-year-old came off the bench to curl home a brilliant winner against his former club

Nevertheless, Lingard stole the headlines with a fabulous finish just a few days after he had made a horrendous error with a back pass to hand Swiss side Young Boys victory in their Champions League Group F clash.

But former Red Devils striker Owen was ultimately left unimpressed by Lingard’s failure to passionately celebrate the goal, adding he should have passed the ball to a team-mate if he didn’t want to beat Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski himself.

‘The finish is absolutely sublime,’ Owen told Premier League Productions via The Metro. ‘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.

But Owen believes the failure to wildly celebrate was 'poor' and that he should have passed it if he didn't want to score

But Owen believes the failure to wildly celebrate was ‘poor’ and that he should have passed it if he didn’t want to score

Lingard scored nine goals in 16 appearances during a loan spell at the London Stadium

Lingard scored nine goals in 16 appearances during a loan spell at the London Stadium

‘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.’

Lingard however admitted his muted celebrations after his goal were out of respect to the club who he helped qualify for the Europa League last season.

Lingard told MUTV: ‘They supported me in the loan spell and gave me a great reception, so it was only right to pay them back.

United still required a last-gasp penalty save from David de Gea to secure the three points

United still required a last-gasp penalty save from David de Gea to secure the three points

‘It was a great reception from the West Ham fans. I had a brilliant time here, but I had to do my bit.’

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed after the game Lingard will start against the Hammers when the teams meet again in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

And Lingard admits he is now looking forward to challenging for silverware after putting the error in midweek behind him. 

‘That’s football. It’s the highs and lows of football, and the lads and the staff and fans have been behind me all week and it was great to get minutes and come on,’ added Lingard.

Lingard's stunning goal came just a few days after his back pass led to a Young Boys winner

Lingard’s stunning goal came just a few days after his back pass led to a Young Boys winner

‘The main aim is to obviously win a trophy this season and I think we’ve got the squad depth to do that.

‘Everyone’s hungry to play and everyone’s working hard in training to get in that matchday squad.

‘Everyone’s always ready to play, so the subs have got to be ready to make a difference.

‘They’re always tough games against West Ham and to play them back to back is a little bit different, but we’ll go into that game full of confidence.’

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