Jesse Lingard says he chose Manchester United over Liverpool

It seems the Manchester United winger also attracted interest from the Reds as a youngster.

Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard has been speaking to MUTV about breaking into the game and opting to move to Old Trafford rather than Anfield.

The 22-year-old has recently impressed for United’s first-team, adding some much needed pace and attacking intent to their forward-line, and as a result he has been called up for England’s international friendly against France on Tuesday evening.

But had things gone a little differently, it seems the United man could have instead been turning out for Liverpool.

Speaking to MUTV, Lingard said, “I was at a local club Penketh United and Mike Glennie, a Manchester United scout, came to watch me.

“He spoke to my grandad and offered me trails but there was also interest from Liverpool and I had to pick.”

In the end Lingard opted for United and while it took him time to make his first-team breakthrough, it seems there is now no looking back for the wide-man.

Anyone who has seen Lingard play this season will know he offers directness that has been sorely lacking at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club.

His pace is undeniable and he uses it well, attacking opposing defenders time and again and causing plenty of problems as a result, and a good showing for England could signal his arrival on the international stage sooner than many would have expected.

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