Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has revealed that he rejected Liverpool as a youngster.
Speaking to MUTV, as reported by Manchester United's official site, the 22-year-old claims that his heart was with the Red Devils despite interest from the red half of Merseyside.
Lingard selected United as his club of choice at the age of seven and he has come to prominence on the first-team scene in recent weeks under the guidance of Louis van Gaal.
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When asked about his decision to join the Red Devils, Lingard stated: "I was at a local club Penketh United and Mike Glennie, a Manchester United scout, came to watch me. He spoke to my grandad and offered me trials but there was also interest from Liverpool and I had to pick. I was only young but obviously my heart was with United at the time.
"Going through the years, I was with Larnell Cole, Mike and Will Keane, Sam [Johnstone], Ravel [Morrison] and Tunners [Ryan Tunnicliffe].
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"There are a lot of lads still doing their thing at other clubs and they’re happy seeing me where I am. I’ve won a lot of trophies – like the FA Youth Cup and the Reserves league a couple of times- but it would top it off to win the Premier League with the first team."
United fans will certainly be pleased with the player's rise and he looks set to make his international debut this evening as England play host to France at Wembley.
But is it the right time for the versatile midfielder to make his England bow? Unsurprisingly, Roy Hodgson's decision to call him up to the squad has been questioned by some.
Ultimately, despite a couple of impressive recent performances, Lingard has played under 200 minutes of Premier League football for the Red Devils. He's by no means the finished article, but you can hardly blame the Three Lions boss for wanting to take a look at him.
Tonight's friendly against France certainly represents a fine opportunity for the United man to make his mark for his country. A place in the England squad for Euro 2016 still appears to be some way off for the dynamic midfielder, but it would be foolish to write him off at this stage.
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