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Jesse Lingard has revealed he was being told to "work harder" by the Manchester United fan who shouted at him during Manchester United's 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool.
In the first half of the rout at Old Trafford, Lingard was warming up near the corner flag when a frustrated United fan made a comment from the stands.
During the game, footage emerged of the end of the exchange, where Lingard responded to the supporter and said, 'I'm not on the pitch".
@CantonaManc posted the clip and it garnered just short of two million views on Twitter.
Lingard getting abuse, replies with ‘I’m not on the pitch’. Turned toxic in here. pic.twitter.com/cRFrY3BN1S— Gaz (@CantonaManc) October 24, 2021
You don't actually hear what the supporter said but after the humbling defeat, Lingard took to Twitter to address the incident.
It wasnt abuse! he said “work harder” like im not already doing that day in day out! and i said “im not even on the pitch” end of!!— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) October 24, 2021
Lingard wrote:"It wasnt [sic] abuse! he said “work harder” like im [sic] not already doing that day in day out! and i said “im not even on the pitch” end of!!"
The situation with the fan happened with United 3-0 down at the end of the first half, with Naby Keita, Diogo Jota and Mo Salah all on the scoresheet.
The Egyptian superstar's strike kept up an incredible record of scoring in ten consecutive games and he followed it up with another on the stroke of half-time.
Then, in the early stages of the second half, Salah capped off the breathtakingly clinical outing by becoming the first opposition player to score a hat-trick against United Old Trafford in the Premier League after latching onto an exquisite pass from Reds skipper Jordan Henderson.
Mohamed Salah is the first player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick against Man Utd at Old Trafford.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 24, 2021
THIS. IS. UNREAL.
Salah also broke another record in overtaking Chelsea legend Didier Drogba as the highest-scoring African player in Premier League history.
United had Paul Pogba sent off 15 minutes after coming on for Mason Greenwood at half-time. The France international lunged in recklessly on Keita and was given a straight red following Anthony Taylor watching the incident back on the VAR screen.
Cristiano Ronaldo was denied a second half consolation goal by VAR, with the Portuguese superstar deemed to have strayed offside.
Under pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called the defeat his "darkest day" during his tenure in charge of United.
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