Jesse Lingard has revealed that he turned down Liverpool before joining Manchester United.
Lingard joined Man United’s academy at the age of seven before rising through the ranks at the club.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a run in the first-team as of late and he scored his first senior goal for United in the 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion before the international break.
Lingard insisted his “heart” was always set on joining United.
“I was at a local club Penketh United and Mike Glennie, a Manchester United scout, came to watch me,” he said when asked about his career trajectory.
“He spoke to my grandad and offered me trials but there was also interest from Liverpool and I had to pick. I was only young but obviously my heart was with United at the time.
“Going through the years, I was with Larnell Cole, Mike and Will Keane, Sam [Johnstone], Ravel [Morrison] and Tunners [Ryan Tunnicliffe]. There are a lot of lads still doing their thing at other clubs and they’re happy seeing me where I am.
“I’ve won a lot of trophies – like the FA Youth Cup and the Reserves league a couple of times – but it would top it off to win the Premier League with the first-team.”
Supporters have been delighted to see Lingard graduate in the academy before impressing in the first-team. The winger was recently called up to the England squad to face France on Tuesday and it would be fantastic if he made his international debut in the clash.