Manchester United have thrived this year, despite being second place in the league. And one of the stars has been Jesse Lingard, who, as a Manchester United fan, has been at the club all of his life. He came through the youth set-up, got the odd start in the first team and now has established himself as a great talent and asset for José Mourinho.
In 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson said, “He is 19, came through our youth system and is built like Jean Tigana was for France. But he never got into the limelight until he was about 24, and I think that’ll be the same for Lingard.”
That quote proves, if ever any more proof were needed, that Sir Alex Ferguson was a football genius. He got it spot on with Lingard, who has already scored eight goals this season.
The fact that United’s attack is so destructing, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez and even Paul Pogba, and Lingard is still fighting and doing extremely well for minutes proves that he is the talent that can do excellently for his boyhood club.
He scored the winner at the weekend against Chelsea, in a crucial game which saw United claim second place, and it is fair to say that without Lingard, United would not be anywhere near where they are now, especially with the race so tight for the Champions League places, and the fact that he has offered so much in goals, assists and most importantly work ethic.
Having a fan on the pitch is always a bonus, and Mourinho is seeing that Lingard is a great bonus to him with his sheer determination, running around the pitch and work ethic. Therefore, it is clear to see that Lingard should definitely be a regular starter, or at least super-sub, as he was on Sunday, for Manchester United.