PHOTO: Manchester United starlet Jesse Lingard nets first Brighton goal

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Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard found the net for Brighton against newly promoted Leicester City.

It's perhaps a surprise it took this long, but Jesse Lingard has netted his first goal for Brighton and Hove Albion since joining on loan from Manchester United.

The England under-21 international arrived with huge expectations after scoring four on his debut while on loan at Birmingham City earlier in the season.

The attacking midfielder had, until last night, played nine games for the Seagulls without finding the net.

So it was 10th time lucky for Lingard as he headed home Brighton's second of the night, in a 4-1 win away to newly promoted Leicester City - who he was on loan at last season - which keeps them in the hunt for the play-offs.

Many United fans were disappointed the youngster was sent on loan rather than stay around to get first team experience, named on the bench by David Moyes but not given a chance.

He was the club's top scorer on their pre-season tour, but is yet to play a competitive game for the first team. The news of him bagging his first goal out on loan will come as positive news for fans of the Red Devils that one of their brightest talents is so highly regarded.

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