Manchester United have condemned the movements of those who launched foul-mouthed insults in the route of Jesse Lingard following a 3-0 FA Cup fifth-round win over Derby.
The England international midfielder played the full ninety minutes at Pride Park on Thursday as the Red Devils overcame Wayne Rooney and the Rams to book their place in the quarter-finals.
As he organized to head home in the wake of a convincing win, Lingard was singled out for abuse through those in close proximity to United’s crew bus.
A video has circulated on social media which captures those worried branding the 27-year-old playmaker “sh*t”, whilst additionally telling him to “f*ck off”.
The taunts aimed at Lingard additionally see him mocked over a disappointing record of having registered no Premier League goals or assists in 2019.
Those struggles for form have viewed the Old Trafford academy graduate become an handy target for trolls and he has been subjected to online abuse on a normal basis, with certain sections of the United support turning in opposition to one of their own.
Understandably, the Red Devils have been left much less than impressed via the movements of a vocal minority and, in the wake of some other unlucky incident, the Premier League heavyweights are making ready to look into the matter and find the identification of those responsible.
They will be contacting Derby in an effort to acquire assistance in their investigation.
Lingard, meanwhile, will be hoping to rediscover his spark for a United side that have enjoyed a collective upturn in fortune of late.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has his side in the hunt for a top-four end and major silverware – in each the FA Cup and Europa League – however has made it clear that he will solely be calling upon those who show themselves worthy of minutes.
He has stated when puzzled on Lingard’s reaction to regular spells on the bench: “That is what I like. I like to see players who say, ‘okay, he has left me out for two or three games without explanation’.
“I don’t have to provide an explanation for each time.
Sometimes I do, yeah, however it is a way for me to say I want more. You can’t simply speak to them a hundred times and say, ‘now we want a change in you’. You have had opportunities.
“I’ve got to make choices and one day… well, you give them one warning and that’s it probably, and then the next thing possibly they are no longer right here anymore.
“You don’t have to provide an explanation for each time then. You might have to think about it after.”