Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has admitted he feels as if he’s a completely different footballer in comparison to when he first started off.
The Englishman has long been involved in the club, working his way up through the ranks and even moving on loan before breaking into the first team.
Lingard played for Leicester, Brighton, Birmingham and Derby all before finally being involved in the first team regularly.
In fact, this season has been the versatile attacker’s breakthrough one in terms of staking a claim in United’s starting XI week in and week out.
His performances this season have been nothing short of outstanding and has even led him to being on double figures in terms of goals.
According to the club’s Twitter account, Jesse said: “I think totally different. I think the experiences I’ve had from then to now has been unbelievable. I think the trophies help as well.
“It’s confidence, for the team, for the fans, for the club. Winning trophies is the main thing. Few more to come [celebrations].”
Capable of playing on either flank or in attacking midfield, the 25 year old has also proven himself adept in a deeper position in central midfield.
His pace and stature has often meant that people thought he would be best as a winger but Lingard has admitted his preference for the number ten role.
Given an opportunity to shine by Mourinho in that position, it’s fair to say he’s done plenty to convince his manager that it was the right call.
Given the Portuguese manager’s large squad, Jesse’s versatility means he can feature more often than some of his more specialised teammates.