Introducing Jesse Lingard … Manchester United’s 20-year-old two goal Sydney hero

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The youngster bagged a brace as David Moyes won his first game as United boss against an A-League All Star game.

A year ago, when Manchester United were embroiled in an ultimately unsuccessful pursuit of Eden Hazard, we at HITC asked if one of Manchester United’s youngsters could make the step up and be the clubs very own copy.

That player was Jesse Lingard and today the 20-year-old from Warrington is trending on Twitter.

The reason for his sudden dart to fame is his excellent performance against the A-League All Stars. Lingard was handed a start by David Moyes and he did not disappoint, bagging goals in the 11th and 55th minute to send United on their way to a 5-1 victory over their Australian representative side opposition.

Danny Welbeck, who was also in excellent form with a brace, set up Lingard for his first chance and the young attacking midfielder showed his composure to roll the ball past the keeper for 1-0.

His second was much more eye-catching; darting past his marker before unleashing a strike into the top corner.

So who is he and is his future with the first-team going to start this term?

The lad signed his first professional contract with United in 2010 and the Cheshire boy was part of the team that won the 2010-11 FA Youth Cup.

He can play in a variety of positions in attacking midfield; capable of playing out wide or in his best and favoured position just behind the striker.

He went on tour with United last summer and impressed while he also performed well in the 2012 Dallas Cup.

Last season he was given the chance to play some first team football with a two-month loan stint at Leicester City with team-mate Michael Keane and now, after scoring the first goal of the David Moyes regime (remember that one for pub quizzes down the years), he will be hoping for more first-team opportunities next season.

With competition fierce in the United team that will likely be out on loan once again but this time potentially a season long deal where he can feature regularly.

A deal in the Championship could be perfect; or even at a lower standard Premier League team such as a Hull City or Crystal Palace.

One thing for sure now is that there is no doubt over his raw potential as a player and that his career in football looks bright.

Whether he is mature enough for a United breakthrough this season remains to be seen; but I would be very surprised if he wasn’t a first-team regular somewhere in 2013-14.

image: © Gordon Flood

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