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Jesse Lingard makes K-League debut in FC Seoul’s 2-0 loss against Gwangju

Ex-Manchester United star Jesse Lingard made his K-League debut for his new club FC Seoul on Saturday. 

But he failed to make an impact in the game, with his side losing on the road to leaders Gwangju. 

Manager Kim Gi-dong introduced the 31-year-old after 77 minutes when Seoul were trailing 1-0 following Hui-Gyun Lee’s opening goal in the first half. 

However, the midfielder failed to make his debut memorable by producing an anonymous display at the Gwangju Football Stadium. 

The former England international made a mistimed challenge near the touchline and was shown a yellow card by the referee. 

Gabriel Tigrao added another goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time as Gwangju sealed a comfortable 2-0 success.

Lingard’s move to the K-League is not motivated by football

Lingard surprised the football world by joining FC Seoul last month despite offers from several other clubs. 

He was released by Nottingham Forest last summer after an unimpressive season at the City Ground. 

The 31-year-old previously made over 230 appearances for Man United.

He helped the club win the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League during his time in Manchester.  

The experienced midfielder was expected to move to the Saudi Pro League or the Major League Soccer (MLS) after being released by Forest. 

But he signed for K-League outfit FC Seoul, surprising many people in the sport.

His move is unlikely to have been for football reasons, with Lingard seemingly focused on boosting his off-field interests. 

He owns a clothing company, eSports team and media company named ‘One Touch Entertainment’ and is eager to build his business portfolio.