In what was a must win encounter for Man United, Lingard’s inclusion may have surprised some people given the 22-year-old’s lack of experience in the competition.
But, following a lively and effective performance, capped off with an assist for Wayne Rooney‘s winning goal, Lingard’s selection was fully justified on this occasion.
Scholes, who has been critical of his former club in recent weeks, picked out Lingard as United’s star man against CSKA.
Lingard’s perfectly executed assist for what was a vital goal revealed another layer to his footballing makeup; not only is he constantly energetic, forward thinking, and quick with his feet, the youngster has a calm head. A vital asset when it comes to playing at this level.
If he can sustain that level of liveliness and calm execution, there’s every chance that Lingard – who, at present, seems to be ahead of the out of form Memphis Depay in Louis van Gaal‘s pecking order – could be a regular for United this season.
At 22, and with his career at Old Trafford yet to really get off the ground, Lingard will want to seize this opportunity with both hands.