Jesse Lingard has revealed he was called up to train with the first team this week as he takes a step closer to making his Manchester United senior debut.
The 21-year-old was one of our most impressive players out on the pre-season tour and enjoyed a good loan spell away at Birmingham this season, but he is now back at the club.
Birmingham boss Lee Clark wants Lingard back on loan and although he admitted that another loan spell was possible, Lingard made it clear that his ambition was to follow Adnan Januzaj into the first team squad at United.
Speaking to MUTV, he said: “I think I’ve got stronger now and mentally stronger as well.
“I’ve been training with the first team all week and feel like I’m back now. It was hard to get back in the fold after missing a couple of games at Birmingham [through suspension] but I feel good now I’m back training at Manchester United.
“I just want to hopefully break into the United first team. That is my main aim. If not, go out on loan again. I just want to play regular football week in and week out.”
Lingard was part of a youthful trio including Januzaj and Zaha who lit up the pre-season tour. From that point onwards, their careers have gone in the opposite directions but Lingard clearly feels ready to impress David Moyes at United.
Usually when he plays for the Under-21s, Lingard is a stand-out player and seeing as Moyes has already included him in first team training, his chance with United could closer than he thinks, especially because of how poor our current wingers have been this season.