Have Manchester United unearthed another diamond?

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A name not many football fans knew at the start of pre-season is now becoming a name people will be looking out for as Jesse Lingard lit up Manchester United's pre-season.

In the last match of United's pre-season tour to the Far East and Australia, Lingard set the seal on an emphatic win with a 79th minute superb curling finish. It was a goal that gave Manchester United a 5-2 victory and also made him the Red Devils' top scorer of the tour with four in four games.

With rumours that Wayne Rooney may depart from Manchester United it seems as if David Moyes may not have to delve in to the market for a replacement as Lingard burst onto the scene with these influential performances.

Lingard was born in Warrington in Cheshire- only 15 miles from Old Trafford and he has come from the bottom at United. Lingard has been supported in his development by the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Warren Joyce and under 18's manager Paul McGuinness.

Lingard has impressed the United coaching staff, becoming one of the stand out players in the under-21 and reserve teams in England last season. This form gifted him the opportunity to travel on the first team's pre-season tour this summer.

Lingard was put on the bench in last season's Carling Cup matches against Newcastle and Chelsea, but then went on a short term loan to Leicester City where he made five appearances.

The Community Shield is the first competitive match Lingard could feature in this upcoming season and could maybe be his first chance to gain his first senior competition medal after winning the FA Youth Cup in 2011.

Lingard has been given his chance in this pre-season and I think it's fair to say he has taken it with both hands. Will Moyes want Lingard to be ever present in his first team plans this season or will he be eased into the system on a long term plan?

Moyes seems to be confident that Lingard is ready and his performances have matched that faith. It's great to see some home grown talent stating a claim for first team football at the biggest club in the country.  

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