Paul Merson raves about underrated Man United star

The Arsenal legend heaps praise on Manchester United star Jesse Lingard

Man United star Jesse Lingard Photo: Adidas

Paul Merson believes Jesse Lingard has proven that he deserves his lucrative Manchester United contract after the England star’s impressive season.

The Red Devils attracted some criticism after Lingard was handed a new deal worth £100,000 a week in 2017 to make him one of Manchester United’s top earners at Old Trafford.

Lingard appeared to win the trust of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho last term and it is no surprise to see the 24-year-old command a regular starting spot this term.

The England star has scored 13 goals and has made five assists in 46 games in all competitions to make an impressive impact on the Manchester United team.

Only Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial have scored more goals than Lingard this season to underline his growing importance to Manchester United.

Former Arsenal star Merson lavished praise on Lingard for his impact at the Red Devils this season.

“I remember thinking United were crazy to give him £100,000-a-week but fair play to him, he has improved massively. Why shouldn’t he get good money?” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.

“Jose Mourinho often gets criticised for not improving players but Lingard has improved tenfold under him and you have to give the manager credit for that.

“He has put his faith in him and played him in big games. Even when he’s rested, he’s often the one who comes off the bench when United are in trouble and need a game-changer.

“I think he’s underrated.”

Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table ahead of their bitter rivals Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the Red Devils ended up a staggering 19 points adrift of Premier League champions Manchester City.

Manchester United lost 2-1 to La Liga giants Sevilla in the Champions League last 16.

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