When Jesse Lingard was a youngster, Sir Alex Ferguson predicted that the player would break in to Manchester United’s first team when he was 22-years-old, and that’s exactly what he did. Lingard has made a bright start to his United career this season, and has revealed that he’s hoping to follow in Ryan Giggs’ footsteps.
Ryan Giggs pretty much won everything there is to win in the game. He made over 900 appearances for the club and always stayed loyal to Manchester United, which is really impressive.
He made his debut at 17 and so paved the way for youngsters here, showing what can be achieved. He came through the ranks and I know I always looked up to him. While you appreciate the need to be patient for your chance, you also realise he managed to get a chance at a young age. He obviously had that ability and did very well.
Playing on the wing, he liked to take players on, score goals and make assists. Most importantly, he wanted to get fans off their seats, which is what I like doing myself. As soon as he was on the ball, it was very exciting because he was always going to create something. I would like to take some of that into my game.