Jesse Lingard made one of his most costly mistakes in football on Saturday morning when he missed a penalty that saw Wimbledon fans miss out on £500 on Soccer AM.
As part of a challenge on the programme, Lingard had a chance to double the £250 pot that himself and chef Tom Kerridge had won by scoring a range of penalties, volleys and free-kicks.
But the Manchester United midfielder failed to score in the double or quits round to ensure the Wimbledon fans had no extra cash to spend in the pub before their FA Cup fourth-round clash with West Ham on Saturday.
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Jesse Lingard gave Wimbledon fans £600 of his own cash after missing penalty on Soccer AM
Lingard had a chance to double the £250 pot that himself and chef Tom Kerridge had won
Lingard posted on his Instagram story the moment he handed over the cash to the fans
The Manchester United star failed to score in the double or quits round and the money went
Lingard earlier took part in the Soccer AM crossbar challenge and nonchalantly nailed it in his first attempt.
However, it was from 12-yards that he struggled as Lingard saw his spot-kick denied by a sensational one-handed diving save from the goalkeeper.
Having completely wiped off the £250 they had already won, Lingard delved into his own pocket to reimburse the Wimbledon fans in a classy gesture.
He kindly gave them £600 to take Kingsmeadow for the visit of Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham and posed for a photo with the fans as one of them held the cash aloft outside the studio.
Lingard posted the moment he handed over the cash to the fans on his Instagram, alongside the caption: ‘Couldn’t let you leave empty handed’.
During the show, Lingard hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for restoring Manchester United back to their former selves and giving the players freedom to enjoy their football again.
Lingard has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for restoring confidence in Man United’s players
Lingard praised Solskjaer for giving them freedom and for helping them enjoy football again
The 26-year-old also had a go at the crossbar challenge on Soccer AM on Saturday morning
The United midfielder was on target at the Emirates Stadium on Friday evening as they coasted past Arsenal in their FA Cup fourth-round clash to make it eight consecutive victories for the Norwegian caretaker boss.
Solskjaer, who is the first manager to win his opening eight games in the club’s history, has not only overseen a drastic upturn in results but his arrival has also completely changed the atmosphere surrounding the club.
Lingard believes the team have benefited from being given a licence to express themselves.
‘Ole has been great since he’s come in. He has given a lot of advice and lets us play free which is the main thing,’ Lingard told Soccer AM.
‘You know in football you have got to play with a smile on your face and with freedom and he has let us do that.’