Ryan Giggs believes Jesse Lingard has been an intelligent player since he was young but needs to kick on.
He started for England against Malta on Saturday afternoon after his impressive breakthrough at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal last season.
Despite a disappointing showing against Manchester City earlier in the campaign, the Englishman showcased what he was capable of with a spectacular solo goal against Leicester City in the Community Shield.
Speaking about his talent, Giggs claims Lingard was a nightmare to coach because he did everything right.
“Lingard has progressed, he’s not one of the 18-19 year olds that set the world on fire. He’s taken a bit time and has gone out on loan to three or four clubs,” he said.
“He’s trying to sort out what type of player he is because he can play a number of positions. He’s a player who gives energy, scores goals and is a real team player but now at 23, he’s got to kick on.
“I coached him when he was 10 and the subject for my A license was coaching a No 10.
“It was a nightmare because he did everything right, I had nothing to work with! He was an intelligent player, even back then.”
While it may have taken him longer to establish himself in the first-team at Old Trafford, Lingard has proven he has plenty to offer Mourinho’s side.
Is he a player we’d rather have starting over Henrikh Mkhitaryan? No, but he is a solid squad player and has showcased his ability in the biggest possible games at Man United and deserves the chance to play each week.