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What is the Jesse Lingard dance and why are we seeing it during a football game?

The Man United winger is getting more opportunities to show us his outrageous goal celebrations

Jesse Lingard has gone from bit-part squad player to big-stage match winner.

But does that warrant the ridiculous celebrations he pulls out whenever he scores?

Lingard’s latest desecration of game through awful dance celebrations came in Man United’s 3-1 win at the Emirates, when he performed what’s known as the ‘Milly Rock’ after scoring.


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Yeah that looks really cool Jesse

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Yeah that looks really cool Jesse

It was the first time we have seen this move but Lingard has previous for suspect celebrations, including the pied piper dance and the teapot we saw against Watford.

What happened to a classic kiss the badge?

Now we want to get to the bottom of what the dance is, where it comes from and why you are seeing it in a football match.

Another classic dance against Watford

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Another classic dance against Watford

Where does the ‘Milly Rock’ come from?

The dance itself originates from a track by rapper 2 Milly named Milly Rock.

Much like the Whip, Nae, Nae and Souja Boy Superman before it, this dance has become a favourite among elite sports stars.

Milly Rock broke onto the scene around the same time that the dab had its rise to fame.

There’s no need for it

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There’s no need for it

NFL stars were the earliest adopters, with New England Patriots’ Dominique Easley and Jeremy Hill of the Cincinnati Bengals wheeling it out in 2015.

It seems Lingard has moved on from his favoured dab to the fresher Milly Rock.

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What is the Milly Rock and how can I learn it?

Ok, so this is a little guide on learning how to do the Milly Rock at your Sunday League game.

Start with your feet shoulders width apart, body relaxed…

Then think to yourself, do I want to be the guy who does the Milly Rock when he celebrates in front of his mates’ missus in the park on a Sunday?

The answer is no, so give it a fist pump or arm in the air and get back in your half for kick off.

Why am I now seeing it during a football game?

Lingard could be in with a chance for a world Cup spot

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Lingard could be in with a chance for a world Cup spot

This is without doubt the most important question of three.

The reason you are watching Lingard perform this move at the Emirates in a huge game is because he is rapidly developing into a wonderful talent.

Lingard finished off an excellent performance against Watford in mid-week with a great solo goal and against Arsenal he had even more influence.

United were up against it for the majority of the match but Lingard’s ability to act as an outlet and bring defence into attack was integral.

Can you imagine Alan Shearer doing this?

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Can you imagine Alan Shearer doing this?

He also pressed the Arsenal backline into mistakes which led to a goal.

It seems the 24-year-old winger is beginning to show real promise under Jose Mourinho and it’s a pleasing sight to the Old Trafford fans for a local boy to break into a team full of superstars.

I must warn you, it is highly likely that you will be seeing Lingard celebrating with a Milly Rock again this season.

Ah well, it’s good news for England I suppose.