Jesse Lingard has managed to secure a place in Manchester United’s starting line-up this season, after joining the academy when he was just seven-years-old.
He spoken to the club’s official site about which characteristics are required to make your way up the ranks at United.
Confidence is the main one. You’ve got to be confident, always – on and off the pitch. But not in the arrogant way. You’ve got to be humble and have to keep your feet on the ground – again, on and off the pitch. You must respect the coaches and all the people who work behind closed doors – the chef, the doctor, you’ve got to respect all the staff. You have got to have that spirit of togetherness to win trophies and be determined to win every game and train every day as hard as you can.
I’m still young, still improving and still learning the game but I’ve got to practise and train and put that to use when it comes to matches. To be starting week in and week out at Manchester United is massive. It comes with a lot of pressure but you’ve got to cope with that.