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11 games, 6 goals, 3 assists: Manchester United's big mistake?

As Manchester United struggle to find a spark in their side, could it be because they've let it go out on loan?

Jesse Lingard has been in scintillating form for Birmingham this season, and has proved to be the difference for them on more than one occasion. With Manchester United lacking that spark of creativity around the box, is it likely that Jesse Lingard could have provided that from the start? 

Lingard was one of the exciting features from Manchester United's pre-season and with him being United's leading scorer on tour, you couldn't have disagreed with Peter Schmeichel when he said:

''Maybe, just maybe this is Jesse Lingard's season.''

And in many ways the legendary keeper wasn't wrong. He has been absolutely emphatic for Birmingham City this season, and in games where they have been up against it, he has performed minor miracles.

11 games into his Football League career and he has already become one of the most feared midfielders in the division.

When attacking the opponents, I don't think there is a better midfielder in the division. He has 2.4 shots per game, and creates on average 2.1 goal-scoring opportunities per game, this is up there and beyond the leagues' best, and this is in a side that is struggling.

There is no denying he is proving to be an unbelievable talent that will bear fruit for United for years to come.

But, you've got to ask why the player was allowed to be let out on loan in the first place. Perhaps the initial thinking was that he would struggle to get game-time for United, but with his record in pre-season they should have opened the door for him to play, he earned that right.

The young player loan runs out in January and Manchester United could do a lot worse than throwing their talented 21-year-old into the first-team fray, I would back him to turn some heads and kick-start what is sure to be a long career at Old Trafford.

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