Jesse Lingard opens up about his breakthrough into Man United’s first-team

by Tanveer Arayan


Jesse Lingard believes he has taken the opportunity provided to him by Louis van Gaal in Manchester United’s first-team this season.

The youngster has been a regular under the Dutchman this campaign, registering five goals in 35 appearances across all competitions.

He needed plenty of patience coming through the ranks at Old Trafford and waited for his chance after four loan spells in the Championship.

Talking about his breakthrough, he admits it has been pretty sink or swim.

“Yeah, it was pretty much sink or swim! I had to do well and take my chance, which is what everyone else has had to do,” he said.

“With the debuts and playing time that the youngsters have got, I think they’ve taken their chances and haven’t let anyone down.

“I’ve loved playing in the team this season and hopefully I can continue it into next season.

“You saw at the weekend the link-up play we can produce and the problems we can cause other teams, so I think the understanding is massive. As long as we work together, I think the goals will come.”

Van Gaal certainly deserves the praise he is getting for continuing United’s tradition of bringing through youngsters but it is hard to look past the dissapointing performances and results over this season.

The Dutchman has done an excellent job with introducing young talents with summer signing Anthony Martial and academy graduates Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu Mensah also blossoming.

Lingard received his first international call-up for England against France last month and despite not getting his debut appearance he has clearly impressed. His performances on the pitch and his growing friendships with Martial and Rashford have been some of the highlights throughout a dreadful campaign.

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