Jesse Lingard will be in the Manchester United first team next season, confirms Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren revealed Jesse Lingard will be given a chance in the Manchester United first-team after a successful loan spell with Derby County.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has told the Derbyshire Telegraph that Jesse Lingard will return to Manchester United and be given the chance to impress in their first team.

The former England manager gave an update on his loan stars and despite ambitions of keeping Darren Bent and Tom Ince, admitted Jesse Lingard would return to Old Trafford this summer.

‘’Jesse will go back to Manchester United,’’ said McClaren. ‘’[He will] have an opportunity and chance to play there.’’

How did Lingard do in his loan spell at Derby?

The 22-year-old midfielder scored two goals in 15 appearances for the Rams but spent the majority of his loan spell watching from the bench.

He came to prominence towards the end of the campaign and won plenty of plaudits for his performances but was largely overshadowed by the success of Derby’s two other January loanees – Ince and Bent.

After the news, as reported by Sky Sports, broke that Memphis Depay would be a Red Devil next season, the question mark over where Lingard would fit into the side quickly came up.

Although he will undoubtedly get a chance to shine during the pre-season games, it could still end in the youngster heading out on loan despite signing a three-year deal, which was reported by manutd.com, at United in January.

He certainly faces monumental competition in order to get into the first team and with the likes of Andreas Pereira also coming through, it won't get any easier for the England under-21 international.

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