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Jesse Lingard can become a Manchester United superstar

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Lingard has had an impressive pre-season (©GettyImages)
Lingard has had an impressive pre-season (©GettyImages).

Jesse Lingard turned in quite a performance against the A-League Stars. 

That said, many still question whether or not he has the talent to make it at the highest level at Manchester United. 

It goes without saying that most players who come through United's youth academy inevitably face competition too strong to succeed. 

However, if his performance showed anything, it's that he has something unique: he's somebody who is a game-changer.

Most players have a certain strength that makes them the player they are, however the best players are those who have the ability to synthesise many of these qualities to turn in performances that transcend the typical and change the game. 

Lingard appears to be a play in this ilk. At only 20 years of age, his dribbling skills are comparable to those of some of the best players in Europe. Against the All Stars, he ruthlessly tormented the opposition right-back, turning back and forth and twisting the defender into submission. 

His ability to go both inside and outside left the defender confused and forced him to make tackle based solely on guesswork. His dribbling ability stood out alongside Zaha as far beyond that of anybody else on the field. As time goes on, we can expect that they will only get better.

Another skillets that Lingard possesses is his incredible ability to stay completely calm under pressure. Even at the age of 20, he displayed that he can think on his feet, make split second decisions, and them out to perfection.

In his first goal against the A-Leaguers, he kept cool to put a good finish past the defender. His second was even more spectacular as he weighed up his options quickly before absolutely rifling a shot into the top corner of the net. 

It's rare for a player of his age who isn't even a striking player to display such composure under pressure but his performance bodes very well for the future.

While most don't make it, Lingard undoubtably has the quality to make it at Manchester United. Coming out of the academy, Lingard has the unconditional backing of the Old Trafford faithful - something that big money signing Wilfried Zaha unfortunately still needs to earn.

Although he had an unsuccessful loan spell last year, Lingard seems to have learned a lot and put that knowlege to use. That said, good performances in preseason aren't always indicative of certain success. Most people probably remember that Macheda finished last season as United's top pre-season scorer.

Hopefully, Lingard won't follow the same sad road.

 

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