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Lingard explains Drake-inspired celebration for Man Utd

11:35 PM IST 19/03/17
Jesse Lingard Manchester United Middlesbrough
The England international made the most of finding the target in a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough that keeps his side in the hunt for a top-four finish

Jesse Lingard likes a celebration, with the Manchester United midfielder putting plenty of thought into post-goal routines.

His latest offering got an airing at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday as the Red Devils secured a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough.

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Lingard netted United’s second of the afternoon, to help put them in control of a contest that saw the club record a 600th victory in the Premier League and remain in the hunt for a top-four finish.

His fine strike, which flew into the top corner, was certainly deserving of acknowledging.

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After the ball hit the net Lingard set off towards the sideline and team-mate Ashley Young, before breaking into a jig which included the playing of an imaginary musical instrument.

Various suggestions were offered as to what the celebration meant, but the England international has sought to clear the air by revealing that it was inspired by the latest offering from Canadian hip hop star Drake – with his track ‘Portland’ including a 'minimalist Andes flute' sample.

"It’s a new album that's just dropped by Drake," Lingard told MUTV.

"One of the songs, I promised a mate I’d do that celebration if I scored, so I did it!”

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Pressed further on the strike itself, the 24-year-old added: "Obviously, there weren't many options on at the time. I decided to take it on myself and it went in the top corner.

“Every goal is important and it was a massive game to win today and climb the table."

Lingard has taken his goal haul for the season to five, with a man famed for his efforts in big games now about to turn his attention to a heavyweight international encounter between England and Germany.