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Sent on loan to the Hammers after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford, Lingard made his mark at Villa Park.
Tomas Soucek continued his red-hot goalscoring form by opening the scoring early into the second half and then Lingard opened his account five minutes later.
Michail Antonio picked him out with a lovely pass and Lingard, aided by some slack goalkeeping, found the net with his left foot.
Jesse Lingard announces his arrival at West Ham with a debut goal ⚒
You can see from the celebrations that one means a lot to him! pic.twitter.com/wXSR4NwvpB
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 3, 2021
His euphoric celebration, a knee-slide, showed just what it meant to the 28-year-old after all he's been through in recent times.
A beaming Lingard was mobbed by his teammates, with Declan Rice sharing a wonderful embrace with him.
Lingard played with a real swagger and gave skipper Jack Grealish the run-around in the first half.
After Grealish had pulled one back for the hosts, Lingard sealed the win with a second strike in the 83rd minute.
First Premier League start of the season. Two goals on his West Ham debut.- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 3, 2021
J Lingz is back :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: pic.twitter.com/4IfVamLa5F
Fans loved Lingard's performance on his first West Ham start:
Jesse Lingard looks really sharp for West Ham tonight, everything that is positive from West Ham so far has come through him.He's picking up the little pockets off space well, West Ham have been the better side at Villa Park. Pressing well David Moyes side not allowing Villa out.
- Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) February 3, 2021
Early days but I'll be the first to admit that Jesse Lingard has been excellent for us tonight.
- #GSBOUT The Hairy Hand Grenade (@BritInTheMitt) February 3, 2021
Boooom ⚒⚒ We want you to stay, we want you to stay!!! @JesseLingard we want you stay!! pic.twitter.com/ioBkO8RO79
- ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) February 3, 2021
Jesse Lingard makes it 2-0 for West Ham away vs Aston Villa. Always a good story with a comeback - kid
- Jan Aage Fjortoft :flag_white:️:rainbow: :flag_no: (@JanAageFjortoft) February 3, 2021
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