Nathan Redmond returned a hat-trick for the England Under 21 side earlier this week as the Young Lions cruised past rival neighbours Wales U21 to move within reach of the play-off qualifiers for the European Championships.
While the Norwich City youngster, who scored just one Premier League goal at club-level in the past season, produced a performance to remember on Monday evening, he has not been the only prospect to attract commendation after the 3-1 win at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
"He played the number ten role - with and without the ball - exceptionally well."
United under-performed this past year yet their youngsters have attracted plaudits, with exemplary outings from Adnan Januzaj and break-out displays from Tom Lawrence and James Wilson.
Carrick hints that Lingard may join the aforementioned trio next season: "[It is] great to see Jesse doing his thing for the U21's. He's a big big talent [and] made it look easy."
Lingard had two loan spells away from United during the 2013-14 season. He began the campaign with Birmingham City, netting six Championship goals from 13 appearances, before finishing the season with Brighton and Hove albion, scoring four in all competitions from 16.