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Jesse Lingard keen for place in Manchester United’s first team

by Sam Peoples

Jesse Lingard wants to stay at Manchester United and fight for his place in the first-team opposed to leaving on loan for the season.

Lingard featured in the U21s European Championship for England recently and scored the solitary goal in the team’s only win of the tournament against Sweden in the group stages.

Despite his progression, Lingard is facing an uphill battle considering the options that Louis van Gaal currently has at the wide attacking midfield position.

The 22-year-old will have to compete with the likes of Memphis Depay, Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Angel di Maria and Ashley Young but he firmly believes he has what it takes.

Lingard told Press Association Sport that he is willing to stay and fight for his place in Van Gaal’s plans: “The manager has not said anything to me at the moment regarding my future.

“I am looking to stay for the first couple of months and see what it’s like.

“Obviously I would like to stay for the rest of the season, this is my club. This is where I want to stay.”

Although there is lots of competition for places in the team, Lingard is versatile and can play on the left, right or centre of an attacking midfield which bodes well for his chances.

Considering the injury crisis United suffered last year, it is not absurd to think Van Gaal will keep his squad stacked with younger players.

While development is key to a young player’s early career, it would also bring the player on leaps and bounds to stay at United and learn at the very top. It would also be futile for him to stay at the club if he is not getting a chance to play the best quality football available to him and Van Gaal will make sure he does what is best for the player’s development.

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