At the turn of the year, Jesse Lingard’s Manchester United career seemed to be about to reach an anti-climactic end.

Bruno Fernandes' arrival at Old Trafford in January 2020 had seen Lingard fall even further down the United pecking order before a loan move to West Ham in the second half of the 2020/21 campaign reignited his career.

In just 16 matches, Lingard scored nine goals and bagged four assists for the Hammers, proving he still had plenty to offer his parent club.

Due to his brilliant burst of form, Lingard was heavily linked with a permanent switch to east London, but the England international was determined to prove he could still contribute to United's success.

Lingard came off the bench against Newcastle in United's first Premier League game of the season and he opened his account for the campaign with a sumptuous curling effort.

However, his road to redemption at United hit a stumbling block on Tuesday night after his mistake allowed Young Boys the chance to record a famous victory over United in the Champions League.

After the game, Lingard took to social media to express his disappointment at having been at fault for the goal., writing: "Every time I pull on the United shirt, I hope people understand what it means to me. I always go out to do the best for the club, the team and especially the fans. I'm upset for my part in the defeat. I never want to lose any game but mistakes happen in football and we now push on together."

Jesse Lingard reacts after defeat to Young Boys.
Jesse Lingard will need to prove he can bounce back from his mistake against young Boys

It's clear to see just how much United mean to him.

Teammates including Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Diogo Dalot took the time to reply to Lingard's post in a bid to lift the midfielder's spirits, and the responses show not only the togetherness of the team but also the squad's belief that Lingard will be able to bounce back and show what he's truly capable of.

Lingard has already showcased his immense talent this season during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side's opening day win over the Magpies.

He looked bright, sharp and injected intensity into United’s play. Traditionally, Lingard is regarded as an attacking midfielder who likes to play centrally, but Solskjaer has been keen to test him out on the left-hand side of United's attack.

Jesse Lingard started the season in brilliant fashion with a goal against Newcastle

Not for one second has the 28-year-old looked out of place on the left and he's shown he can cut inside and make things happen. This could be a key string to United's bow as first-choice left-sided forward Marcus Rashford is currently recovering from a shoulder injury.

However, every United fan knows that Lingard is a player who needs to be brimming with confidence to play to the best of his ability - in fairness, the same could be said of a lot of players, but it's particularly true of United man.

His loan spell at West Ham got off to a flying start and from there he never looked back. Bar his snub from England's final Euro 2020 squad, Lingard hasn't suffered many setbacks since securing a loan move to the Hammers in January 2021, and so his mistake in Switzerland will be the first indication of whether he can bounce back and continue to help the team.

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The way a side reacts to a defeat is often a lot more telling than how they react to a win - the same can be said of players.

Lingard's reaction to his error against Young Boys will tell us a lot about how much he's developed as a player, and potentially whether he has a future at United.

If he dusts himself off and continues to help the team he'll be a key asset to Solskjaer. If he doesn't, it could be time for United to cut ties.