Manchester United’s young midfielder Jesse Lingard is hoping that his good performances in the club’s pre-season tour gets noticed by new manager David Moyes and is targeting a first team place with the club next season.

The 20-year-old Englishman has been in good form thus far, scoring two times and also playing a part in two other goals for the Red Devils in their 5-1 victory over the A-League All Stars on Saturday, which also marked Moyes’ first victory as the Premier League champion’s manager. He also scored earlier today in the 3-2 defeat to Yokohama.

Lingard has now set his sights on breaking into the first team during next season, much like his former youth team colleagues Danny Welback and Tom Cleverly.

“This is the hardest club side in the world to break in at, normally they send you out on loan and then you have to come back and bide your time,” he told reporters.

“Hopefully I can come straight through. I believe in myself and I’ve got to start to believe in myself more day in and day out.”

“I’ve known Danny and Tom since they were young as well and they were at United at my age and they’ve pushed on and progressed.”

“Hopefully I can follow their footsteps. I am trying to integrate myself into the first team very slowly. I’m maturing now and it’s coming together so it’s good.”

The Warrington-born player, who spent last season on loan at Leicester City, has progressed through the ranks of Manchester United’s youth academy and was part of the side that won the 2010-11 FA Youth Cup.


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