Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard has received the esteemed backing of club icon Paul Scholes, who believes the striker is primed to ‘burst onto the scene’ following the appointment of Louis van Gaal as manager.
Lingard featured prominently during pre-season last summer after David Moyes had taken control of the club from Sir Alex Ferguson, and was able to finish as the top scorer from Manchester United’s tour of Asia with four goals in as many games.
Moyes, however, chose not to retain the then 20-year-old in his first-team when the campaign began, with Lingard instead afforded the opportunity for regular football with a loan spell at Birmingham City. Things began spectacularly for Lingard, who scored four times on his debut.
He scored a total of six goals for Birmingham before return to Old Trafford, while he enjoyed another temporary stint in the Championship when he joined Brighton’s bid for promotion from February onwards.
Lingard netted on four occasions for the Seagulls, but will report for pre-season a Manchester United player once more. Even though he has yet to make a competitive senior appearance for Manchester United, Scholes predicts it could be time for Lingard to breakthrough, and Van Gaal’s arrival can play a significant role in the progression of this young player.
“Jesse Lingard has been out on loan at a couple of places now and I think he’s got a great future. With the new manager coming in, he likes to use young players like Jesse,” Scholes told Paddy Power.
“I think he could really burst onto the scene next season with a bit of luck.”