Jesse Lingard has said Louis van Gaal told him to stay at Manchester United during the club's pre-season tour of the United States.
The 22-year-old made his first appearance of the season during the Red Devils' 3-0 win against Everton on Saturday.
And it was Van Gaal that convinced the England youth international to stay at Old Trafford, having told him he would get game time this season.
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As per the Mail, he said: "The manager said he wanted me to stay and that he sees me playing games this season.
"I think this won't have done me any harm, hopefully. He trusts the youth, and we have to repay him by playing well."
Lingard came on at half-time at Goodison, replacing Juan Mata and produced a solid performance that can only improve his chances going forward.
Having made his debut on the opening day of last season, the wide man's progression was halted by a knee injury, before he was loaned to Derby County for the back end of the campaign.
United have a good crop of young talent coming through the ranks at Old Trafford; with the likes of Andreas Pereira and James Wilson knocking on the door.
Van Gaal has proven he trusts young players throughout his career and Lingard should be confident of forcing his way into the United first-team under the Dutch boss.
Having spent so much money since arriving in the north-west, it is good to see the former Barcelona man continuing his trend of giving unproven talent an opportunity.
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