Louis van Gaal was delighted for Jesse Lingard after the youngster vindicated the Manchester United manager's decision to give him an extended run in the first-team with the opening goal during the Red Devils' 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (7 November). The Dutchman believes that the young striker is one of the solutions the Old Trafford club need to solve their troubles in finding the back of the net on a consistent basis.
The 22-year-old forward was reinstated in the first-team by the Dutchman despite missing most of last season due to an injury, and he has repaid the manager's faith with some impressive performances in recent weeks in the Premier League and in Europe. The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager has reiterated his desire to add more 'speed and creativity' to his team, and has earmarked the young attacker to help United in that aspect of the game.
Van Gaal also revealed his advice to the striker during training, which he believes helped Lingard score a fine goal on Saturday to give the Red Devils a crucial three points in a game that saw the Baggies defend in their own half for large parts of the game.
"Of course, it was again a fantastic goal because Jesse Lingard scored his first goal today. In the training session earlier this week, he had these chances but shot directly, I told him to control the ball first because with that touch you have more of a feel of the ball - he did today it and scored a fantastic goal. I'm very happy for him, he deserves it because I think he played very well. I'm a happy manager today," Van Gaal said, as quoted on United's official site.
"We played three games in a row without scoring a goal, though we had more than enough chances. That's why you look for solutions and one of those was to bring Jesse into the team," the Dutch manager added.