Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard believes his hard work has paid off following his first senior goal for the club in the 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Lingard broke the deadlock at Old Trafford with a curled effort early in the second half.
It was a superb moment for the 22-year-old, who has had to wait for his chance having suffered a long-term injury last season.
Lingard insisted he can’t rest on his laurels, however, and that he must be consistent if he is to keep his place in the side.
“My chance didn’t come for three months, so I had to be patient. I was in the stands for a few games so I had to work hard in training and I’ve got my rewards,” Lingard said.
“Now I need to be consistent with my performances as I know the manager likes that from his players. If I can carry on like this then that will obviously be great for me.”
Lingard started in Louis van Gaal’s first competitive game in charge of United but the injury he suffered in the game kept him out of action for a while. After spending time away from the club on loan, it is fantastic to see an academy graduate flourish in the first-team.