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Is Jesse Lingard the perfect fantasy football differential for busy festive period?

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Following a wonderful solo goal against Watford on Tuesday night, stats from daily fantasy football game Oulala.com reveal how Jesse Lingard has now become the perfect differential to help push your fantasy football team up the rankings over the upcoming busy festive period. 
 
Differential: [adjective] a fantasy football term to describe a player picked by a low percentage of managers, with the potential to score points equal to or higher than more popular selected players. When an unpopular player scores well, managers holding a differential will see their team make significantly progress up the rankings in a shorter period of time. 
 
Jesse Lingard was handed just his second Premier League start of the season and made the most of it as Manchester United ran out eventual 4-2 winners over Watford at Vicarage Road. Jose Mourinho had previously opted for Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Juan Mata on either the right of a front three or as a number 10 behind central striker Romelu Lukaku in United's opening 13 league games, but on Tuesday the 24-year-old was handed a rare start. 
 
Lingard's performance won rave reviews from former United players Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes on BTSport. Ferdinand commented "He's got this in his locker. He's got goals, he's a very intelligent footballer". While Scholes added "He can score goals, he can make goals."
 
With Mkhitaryan left out of Tuesday's squad following a number of poor performances and public criticism from manager Mourinho, Juan Mata looked on from the bench as an unused sub as Lingard stole the show against the Hornets. 
 

Can Lingard jump ahead of Mkhitaryan and Mata into Manchester United's starting XI? 
 
On a per minute basis, Lingard has been far more productive than both Mkhitaryan and Mata in a host of areas in the Premier League this season including key passes, assists and goals. 
 

 
When goals and assists are combined, the stats go on to reveal that Lingard has been directly involved in a goal, on average, every 79 minutes compared to 136 and 322 minutes from Mkhitaryan and Mata respectively. 
 
Judging by the numbers, it's clear that Lingard is capable of leapfrogging both Mkhitaryan and Mata if he continues to perform and with a busy December period approaching, he will undoubtedly be handed far more minutes than he has previously seen this season. 
 
If handed a start against Arsenal on Saturday, the stats suggest Lingard will be involved in either a goal or an assist inside 90 minutes based on current form. It could be wise to make the 24-year-old your chosen differential in your Oulala fantasy football side this weekend if you believe Mourinho has more faith in him than the out-of-sorts Mkhitaryan and Mata...


 

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