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Cristiano Ronaldo coaches a young Jesse Lingard

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Gifted winger Jesse Lingard impressed as he made his Champions League debut for Manchester United last night.

The Warrington-born 22-year-old has gone on quite the journey in Manchester, rising up through the ranks of the youth set-up. 

In recent years, the creative midfielder has spent numerous loan spells away from the club in his continued pursuit of learning his trade on the grandest stage. 

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Perhaps, though, it was back in 2003, when Lingard met a certain Cristiano Ronaldo, that he really started to get a feel for what it would be like to represent the Red Devils. 

The Portuguese ace, who had just completed a move to the Theatre of Dreams, guided the eager youngster through his paces on the training ground. 

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Lingard opportunity 

Now on the first-team scene, Lingard will be desperate to follow in the footsteps of Ronaldo, who enjoyed a remarkable stint on English soil. 

Of course, it's not going to be easy for the wide-man to emulate the Real Madrid superstar, but he certainly has the ability to come to prominence in Manchester. 

With a great deal of natural ability and flair, there's no reason why he won't be able to fulfil his potential under the guidance of Louis van Gaal. It's a huge season ahead for Lingard, who could surprise one or two throughout the course of the campaign. 

Manchester United fans: does Lingard deserve a regular role this season? Have your say below! 

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