Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard starred in preseason, finishing as the Red Devils' top scorer with four goals. However, that wasn't enough to persuade David Moyes that he was ready for a regular first team role at Old Trafford, and he was whisked away to Birmingham City on loan.
13 appearances and six goals later, Lingard is back in Manchester, and we could see him on the teamsheet sometime soon. That's because the 21-year-old has been training with the United first team recently, and along with fellow U21s Michael Keane and James Wilson, has been included on Moyes' Champions League squad list.
Lingard is an attacker seemingly capable of playing anywhere in the attacking four of David Moyes' 4-2-3-1. Though it's extremely difficult to see him getting any game time through the middle, it'd certainly be nice to see him given a few appearances out wide, especially given United's troubles on the flanks recently. It sure would be nice to have a Januzaj Mk. II on our hands.
Warrington-born Lingard's promotion to the first team means he joins Danny Welbeck on the Manc born and bred list, which is always good to see. Not only that, but the little forward has been a Red for as long as he's known:
Here's his preseason highlights:
- A reminder to sign up for The Busby Babe's Sporcle league
- Manchester United announce US tour, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool
- Anderson warns "a lot of players want out" of Manchester United, names one
- Van Persie slyly mocks Arsenal's transfer woes and defeat to Manchester United
- Poll: So, let's get an update. How do we feel about David Moyes?