Manchester United are a club draped with rich traditions and histories, and one of their key mantras is bringing through players that they have developed themselves. It’s always been the Red Devil way, ever since Sir Matt Busby put this great football club on the map.
Down the years we’ve seen wonderful footballers like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham to name a few; all of which have come through our famous academy.
When Jose Mourinho arrived, many thought he’d abandon our policies of developing from within, but there is still a few guys in the squad who are ‘one of our own’.
One of those players is Jesse Lingard, the Warrington-born winger who was in the same youth team as Paul Pogba back in the day. Alongside the likes of Ravel Morrison and Will Keane, that U18 side was one of the best I’ve seen in recent years, and they won absolutely everything.
With that said, it seems a large portion of our fan base have this odd fixation when it comes to hating Jesse Lingard, but I absolutely love him and he deserves to be here for the long-term.
First and foremost he just loves this club and you can tell he is thoroughly enjoying his football here. Jose Mourinho adores his hardworking style, and he can be an offensive weapon as we’ve seen on plenty of occasions.
Another key point worth making is that Lingard loves the big occasion – namely Wembley games. In his three starts there, the 24-year-old has found the back of the net three times, all of which were absolute stunners.
Alright, it’s pretty obvious that our homegrown talent isn’t going to turn into the next Ronaldo or Messi anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean he cannot do a job for us. It really irks me when fellow reds get that frustrated when they see Lingard in the starting line-up, but I absolutely love it when he helps out the team in one way or another as I enjoy rubbing fans’ noses in it. I just don’t get the weird obsession with hating this man. What’s not to like?
Will Lingard start every week? No, but as a squad player he is absolutely vital. Jesse can fill in any of those slots in-behind the main striker and he’ll run up and down that pitch tirelessly. I look at him as our modern day Ji-Sung Park – and we all absolutely loved him, didn’t we?