Date: 3rd January 2018 at 7:42pm
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Manchester United are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performances by Jesse Lingard for Manchester United during their festive fixtures was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the last few matchdays.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected Lingard as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘Having been dropped from United’s starting line-up, Lingard was brought on as substitute and practically saved United from certain defeat against Burnley. Jose Mourinho was right not to hammer his players after the game. Burnley are a decent Premier League side now with a very competent manager. However, Lingard’s finish with the flick of his left heel was sensational and out of nothing. He was dropped after a series of missed opportunities against Leicester in the previous fixture but finished two glorious chances against Burnley and put the game well beyond Everton on New Year’s Day with another outstanding goal. What I find extraordinary about Mourinho is his audacity. To even suggest a lack of purchasing power has somehow limited his ability to be more successful is a stretch even for him. Mourinho has spent the best part of £300m and has arguably (when all fit) the best squad in the league. Mourinho seems to know everything about money but nothing of Manchester United’s history. United have a legacy of producing homegrown talent. As for Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, they both came gift-wrapped for Mourinho and there is more where that came from if he’s prepared to look. There is no doubt Mourinho can take great players and make them into a great team. But not since his days at Porto has he created a team out of nothing. I wonder, is the great man losing his touch?’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, so well played to Lingard for his recognition.

Full Team:

Mat Ryan (Brighton), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal).