Jesse Lingard joins elite group of Manchester United players after FA Cup win

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Jesse Lingard's winning goal for Manchester United against Crystal Palace in the final of the FA Cup was significant for not only helping the club secure the trophy for the first time in 11 years, but also ensuring the midfielder joined a select group of Red Devils stars.

The 23-year-old came off the bench to make the difference for Louis van Gaal's side with a superbly taken winner in extra time against the Eagles, and in doing so, Lingard completed a unique double in having won the FA Youth Cup and FA Cup with the Red Devils.

The Class of '92 were the last United players to achieve the feat, with Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville lifting the youth version of the trophy in two successive years over 1992 and 1993 before going on to FA Cup glory with the Red Devils senior side.


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Lingard is the last remaining survivor of the Manchester United youth side that celebrated success in the FA Youth Cup back in 2011 against Sheffield United.

The winger was among the goalscorers in that final as well, giving him another rather special record, with Lingard scoring in the first leg played at Bramall Lane.

That United youth side contained promising stars like Ravel Morrison and a certain Paul Pogba, two players who would ultimately depart Old Trafford in search of fame and fortune elsewhere – with contrasting results.

Morrison moved on to West Ham United where, despite a promising start on the pitch, personal problems off it ultimately saw him fail to establish himself in the first-team under Sam Allardyce.

Now with Lazio in Italy, the 23-year-old has so far made three first-team appearances for the Rome-based club.

Pogba, meanwhile, has gone on to great things after signing with Juventus with four Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia crowns to his name.

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