Jesse Lingard developed a reputation for scoring at Wembley during his Manchester United days, but has since struggled to capitalize on those prime moments with Nottingham Forest now weighing their options.

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Jesse Lingard, Ian Rush, and Mark Hughes. Three men who have their names engraved in the history of English football, but one still seeks to develop his potential.

The trio have scored in FA Cup and League Cup finals, as well as the Charity Shield. A unique statistic that shows how Lingard has an appetite for the big occasion alongside some big names, who have enjoyed trophy-filled careers and garnered numerous individual accolades.

Now at Nottingham Forest, via a loan spell from West Ham, the former Manchester United man has enjoyed some headline moments but has struggled to produce consistently. He scored in United’s last domestic title, his team’s second when they beat Southampton.

That came on the heels of his FA Cup-winning volley against Crystal Palace and a 2016/17 curtain-opener against then champions Leicester.

Lingard was just 24 when he scored in the League Cup final and looked to be the next United youth player to establish himself in a successful team. Now, six years later, the Red Devils have struggled to build on that win, but the forward hasn’t quite blossomed as expected either.

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Lingard scored three times under the goal in less than a year while writing his name in the history books. His sweet volley against Palace came after he was introduced as a substitute by Louis van Gaal, who would be sacked after the FA Cup success.

Jesse Lingard scored three goals at Wembley, including in the 2017 League Cup final (

The man from Bosque would end up scoring the last goal of the Van Gaal spell and the first goal of the José Mourinho era (he also scored the last goal of the Special One spell in a loss at Liverpool). His solo effort against the Foxes was overshadowed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late goal, but he contributed another piece of silverware nonetheless.

The Lingard-Ibra double act was, again, in tandem months later when they beat the Saints, who had come from 2-0 down before losing in the end.


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