For every young player at United, securing a seat on the plane is the opportunity they all dream of - providing the chance to impress the gaffer not only in training, but in actual match situations. This was particularly important this summer with a new manager and fresh set of coaches to impress.
Michael Keane, Adnan Januzaj, Ben Amos and Jesse Lingard were the lucky lads given the nod for the Tour 2013 and Lingard in particular took full advantage of his opportunity, putting in cracking performances in midfield and ending the tour as top goalscorer thanks to his four goals against the A-League All Stars(2), Yokohama F-Marinos and Kitchee FC.
"To think that the boss chose me as one of only a few young players on the tour is a massive confidence boost for me and I really enjoyed it, " Jesse told Inside United.
"This is what I want to be part of for the rest of my career. Playing alongside such a great group of players can only improve you. A lot of young players were involved on tour last year, whereas this year it's a more senior squad, but I and the other younger members have been integrated well and we're just hungry to play more games."
Lingard most certainly didn't look as if he did not belong with more experienced company and didn't come as a surprise to anyone who knew him well.
"I'm really pleased for Jesse, I've known him for a long time, he's a good character and all the lads like him. He's played really well, but it's not a surprise (he scored twice). We knew he had that in his locker," explained Tom Cleverley.
Anderson felt the same as Cleverley, admitting "Jesse is a quality player. He is a young boy but already doing well. He is a hard player to play against for defenders I think he has a bright future ahead at Manchester United."
Jesse Lingard scored again on Tuesday evening netting the winner from the penalty spot with 15 minutes to go, against Manchester City's Elite Development team in the annual Lancashire Senior Cup Final
In a keenly fought match City took the lead through Alex Nimely in their efforts to win the Cup for the first time in 40 years, but United pulled the match back level before half - time through Italian Davide Petrucci's rasping shot high in the corner.
Manchester United have now won the Lancashire Senior Cup four times in six seasons with Jesse Lingard the man on form, securing the winner as his purple patch continues.
Now surely David Moyes cannot leave him out of the squad to face Wigan in the Community Shield at the weekend can he? It is not like he has any new signings to parade.
The question is more so whether he should go the full way and start the in-form youngster. Why not?
Should Jesse Lingard be a starter in the FA Community Shield match against Wigan Athletic at Wembley this coming Sunday?
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