Man Utd launch investigation into vile Jesse Lingard abuse following Derby win

Manchester United have launched an investigation into an incident after the 3-0 win over Derby in which Jesse Lingard appeared to be subjected to sickening verbal abuse.

The club are expected to consult with Derby over the scenes at Pride Park following the FA Cup fifth round clash.

A clip circulated on social media showed him making his way onto the bus being met with a man repeatedly shouting: "F*** off, Jesse", "Jesse, you're s***" and "you're w*** Jesse".

Lingard played all 90 minutes for United as goals from Luke Shaw and Odion Ighalo comfortably saw off the Rams to put the Red Devils into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

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Derbyshire Police are also understood to be investigating the incident, and have appealed for witnesses to come forward with information.

Some of the abuse was to do with his lack of goal contributions this season as they taunted him about his lack of form.

"We are aware of the video that was taken outside Pride Park following last night's game between Derby County and Manchester United and enquiries are ongoing," a Derbyshire Police statement said.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also appeared to warm Lingard that he may be dropped after continuing to underwhelm this season.

"I am not going to feel sorry for you [the player], you have to make yourself available for the next game and competitive in situations," said Solskjaer.

"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.’

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"I don’t have to explain every time. Sometimes I do, yeah, but it is a way for me to say I need more. You can’t just speak to them 100 times and say, ‘now we need a change in you’. You have had opportunities.

"I’ve got to make decisions and one day… well, you give them one warning and that’s it probably, and then the next thing maybe they are not here anymore.

"You don’t have to explain every time then. You might have to think about it after."

  • Manchester United FC
  • FA Cup
  • Derby County FC

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