Jesse Lingard hailed by Rio Ferdinand

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand took to social media to praise Jesse Lingard during Sunday's Manchester derby. 

Lingard produced a fine performance at the Etihad to help inspire the Red Devils to a crucial three points. 

18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford secured the headlines by notching the winning goal, but Ferdinand was impressed with Lingard, who has come to prominence in a United shirt over the last few months. 


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Since starring at Goodison Park during the club's emphatic 3-0 victory over Everton back in October, Lingard has enjoyed a fine run in the side under Louis van Gaal's regime. 

His goal against Chelsea last month was one of the standout moments of his career so far, but his showing at the Etihad should hand him even more confidence as the season approaches its final stages. 

Rio tweets

Ferdinand was most definitely impressed with the former United youth prospect. Taking to Twitter, the club's legendary ex-defender stated: "Lingard.....proper footballer. Does what most kids these days don't appreciate....intelligent movement off the ball."

Champions League opportunity

United's 1-0 win over the Citizens has most definitely handed them a great opportunity of securing a place in the top four. 

Ultimately, before yesterday's fixture, Van Gaal's side had an outside chance of claiming a place in next season's Champions League competition, but now the club will truly believe that they can overhaul their rivals. 

The international break may now be upon us, but it's crucial that the Red Devils find some consistency over the next couple of months. 

LVG praise 

Boss Van Gaal definitely believes that his sid eare in contention to secure a place in the top four. Speaking after the club's crucial win at the Etihad, the Dutch manager stated, as per the BBC: "The gap would have been too big if we had drawn or lost. It would have been very difficult.

"Now it is in our own hands but we have to win our games. We have more home matches than away and we don't lose so much at Old Trafford - so we have a big chance.

"I thought we played fantastic in the first half and the second half was a test of survival because we were very tired.

"We had only two days to recover after the Liverpool game and that is almost not possible.

"We have seen the result from Southampton today. Liverpool were 2-0 up at half-time and at full-time it was 3-2 to Southampton.

"I have not seen the match but I can only conclude it was because of tiredness and that is what we have done to them."

With everything to play for, United won't be resting on their laurels between now and the end of the campaign. 

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