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Forget Sanchez: Man United’s £22.5m-rated lynchpin is key to Swansea victory today

The Manchester United fans are feeling confident in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their Premier League clash against Swansea this afternoon.

Last time out, the Red Devils began making up for their dismal Champions League exit by recording a 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion to secure their place in the semi-final of the FA Cup. Next up for United is a tricky looking fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, but first of all they need to solidify their place in the top-four, starting today against Swansea City.

The international break handed a handful of United players to impress for their national teams, and one player who certainly made a strong case for selection for the World Cup was England’s Jesse Lingard (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt). Lingard provided Jamie Vardy with an assist for England’s opener against Italy and looked menacing in the number ten role all evening long.

And the United supporters propping up our bar are hoping his impressive form for England will earn him a start against Swansea today whether that be behind the striker or on the left-wing. Lingard’s display could prove to be the decisive factor in United’s result, as Alexis Sanchez has failed to justify his reputation since he moved to the club in January.

The creative guile and flair which characterised his Arsenal career has been absent since he moved to The Red Devils, so Lingard will have to provide a spark in midfield this afternoon to make up for Sanchez’s shortcomings. Lingard has hit a purple patch at just the right time in his career ahead of the World Cup, and he can continue staking a strong claim for a starting berth against Tunisia on the 18th of June with another match-winning performance today.

United’s place in the top-four is effectively secured, but Mourinho will be encouraging his players to guard against complacency and ensure they finish in 2nd place this season in the coming weeks. A victory over Swansea today certainly won’t be an easy task considering The Swans’ improvement under Carlos Carvahal in recent weeks, but if Jesse Lingard brings his A-game to Old Trafford then United should be able to clinch three-points against their relegation-threatened opponents.

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