Jesse Lingard has gone from strength to strength this season, just as Sir Alex Ferguson predicted, scoring his first goal for Manchester United against West Brom.

Lingard has reflected on the beginning of his time at United though, starting with when he turned down Liverpool to play for United.

I was at a local club Penketh United and Mike Glennie, a Manchester United scout, came to watch me. 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.




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