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Jesse Lingard's failure to score against Watford on Sunday afternoon means the Manchester United midfielder has now gone a whole year without a Premier League goal.
December 22nd 2018 was a very good day for Untied. It marked the start of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign as manager and with an excited feeling around the club the team went and beat Cardiff City easily, in a 5-1 tonking.
Lingard scored twice with a 57th minute penalty and a 90th minute goal to score his third and fourth goals of December. Whilst United continued that form up until March the midfielder soon lost his shine.
He would score against Arsenal in the FA Cup in January but it would take him until the end of November to score again, against Astana in the Europa League.
A year on from Solskjaer first game in charge and things have gone madly for both midfielder and manager, with not a single league goal for the 27-year-old since.
Sunday's game against Watford was the last chance for the England international to end the drought on the anniversary of the Cardiff match but it wasn't to be.
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Jesse Lingard races through on goal but his chip sails over!
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Lingard actually had United's best chance of the game. With the match still tied at 0-0 in the first half the former Leicester City loanee found himself one-on-one with Watford keeper Ben Foster.
Rather than attempt to round the keeper or strike it cleanly Lingard went for a chip and dinked the ball onto the roof of the net. After the match defender Harry Maguire admitted his teammate should have scored, saying, "He knows he has to score.
"That was a big chance in the game. The first goal is crucial. I missed one against Newcastle and we went on to lose. He has missed it, we moved on. We still had to go on and win the game but we didn't.
"We were not good enough and we have to improve. It is something we cannot put our finger on. We are working hard in training. It is disappointing."
After the mood at Old Trafford improved at the beginning of October with wins over Spurs and Manchester City things have gone backwards again.
Last weekend they drew 1-1 at home to struggling Everton and the loss against Watford saw the first occasion the Hornets have been ahead at home in the league this season.
United really could do with Lingard being on form, but then the same could be said of most of their players.
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