The 24-year-old attacking midfielder beat Middlesbrough’s goalkeeper Victor Valdes with a rasping right-footed strike from just outside the area in the 62nd minute.
Lingard, who has notoriously celebrated his goals with a ‘dab’ in recent seasons, then produced an altogether different dance routine and explained why after the full-time whistle.
“There is a new album that’s just dropped, Drake’s,” he told MUTV. “One of the songs, I promised my mate I would do that celebration if I scored, so I did that.”
Lingard was delighted with the goal itself, but stopped short of ranking it as one of his best United strikes and instead focussed on the importance of Jose Mourinho’s side picking up three points.
“There weren’t many options on at the time so I decided to take it on myself and obviously it went in the top corner,” the England international said.
“I think every goal’s important. Today especially was a massive game for us to win, we’ve climbed the table, so again as long as we keep improving we can keep pushing on now.”
The win saw United climb into the Premier League’s top five for the first time since September.