Lingard has made his debut for the Rams, who are chasing promotion and United have reportedly made it clear they want their youngsters well looked after.
“Manchester United have told Derby to take care of me and look after me, with me coming back from injury,” said Lingard.
“This was a good game for me to play in and, hopefully, I can keep my place.”
Lingard has returned from a knee problem and his two main aims at the moment will be to stay fit and to stay in the Derby first team.
It’s no surprise that United have made it clear they wanted him looked after by Steve McClaren because he has tremendous potential.
However, the Rams are chasing the step up to the top flight and Lingard is going to be an important player over the rest of the season.
As a playmaker, he has the potential to make the difference in games where the Rams are struggling to break down their opposition.
Where McClaren has to be careful is not risking him when he’s not fully fit.
However, he came through the FA Cup defeat against Reading with no reoccurrence of his recent problem.
It will be interesting to see whether he retains his place for the Championship clash against Rotherham tomorrow night.