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Jesse Lingard piles pressure on Moyes to give him a chance with u21 brace

Jesse Lingard is keen to ensure he gets his chance with the first team once again.

Remember those heady days of pre-season, when Manchester United were busy chasing Barcelona midfielders and Shinji Kagawa was playing for the first team?

United had a breakthrough star who wowed fans, seemingly rising from nowhere to end the tour as the club's top scorer.

His name: Jesse Lingard.

Lingard is a 20-year-old attacking midfielder whose goals gave United the feelgood factor their tour needed, a star apparently being unearthed.

Since then, nothing. Lingard's flirtation with the first team has the etches early doors of nothing more than a holiday romance.

He was judged not even worthy of a place in the bench in the Community Shield, and has not had a Premier League opportunity either.

With the 20-year-old in sensational form and full of confidence, it's fair to ask whether manager David Moyes has missed a trick by halting that momentum, sending him back to the under-21 side.

Just last week he was linked with a loan move to Birmingham City, but remains at Old Trafford for the time being.

Lingard to his credit has clearly done his best not to let that form fade away, seizing an opportunity to impress in an under-21 game against Bolton on Monday evening.

He scored two goals in a 4-1 victory, with striker Will Keane scoring on his long awaited return to the side after a devastatingly timed cruciate ligament injury last season, just when Sir Alex Ferguson said he was ready to compete for a first team spot.

Lingard bagged the second and fourth goals in United's victory, looking bright throughout and possessing a ruthless touch in front of goal.

With United having a headline Capital One Cup clash against Liverpool next week, Lingard has put his name back at the top of the queue of fringe players hoping to get the nod for the encounter.

One thing is for sure, and that is if Lingard keeps up his form, David Moyes cannot ignore him for much longer.

image: © Gordon Flood

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