United hosted their neighbours at Old Trafford this evening and a win for City would put them in pole position in the race to be champions.
Liverpool were desperate for their fierce rivals to do them a favour, knowing top spot is in their hands if City drop points.
Bernardo Silva gave City the advantage in the 54th minute when he fired in past David De Gea.
But United could have been level just minutes later when Lingard received a chance on a plate.
The England international was waiting at the back post when Marcus Rashford fired across goal.
However, Lingard seemed to be put off by Vincent Kompany’s attempted acrobatic clearance and the playmaker fired wide, missing an open goal.
And Liverpool fans were furious, theorising that Lingard missed on purpose to prevent them from winning the title.
Lingard’s miss comes amid news that:
“Lingard is a fool.”
Liverpool fan on Twitter
“Lingard did that on purpose,” said one supporter on Twitter.
While another added: “Lingard missed that on purpose.”
“Lingard deffo hates Liverpool through & through, deliberate miss,” tweeted a third.
One supporter suggested Pep Guardiola had bribed Lingard to help his side.
They said: “Pep offered Lingard some extra dosh to miss that one.”
While some fans simply vented their anger at the 26-year-old.
“Lingard is a fool,” said one.
“LINGARD YOU F***ING BUM,” added another.