Ex-coach compares Jesse Lingard to Andres Iniesta

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Former Manchester United trainer Rene Meulensteen rates the English youngster highly.

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has compared up-and-coming starlet Jesse Lingard to Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, as reported by United Review.

The 22-year-old has recently broken into Louis van Gaal’s first-team thinking, with a bright future anticipated for the winger.

Lingard has spent time out on loan at Leicester City, Birmingham City, Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby County over the years, but appears more than ready for regular Premier League action.

The Warrington-born attacker was also called into Roy Hodgson’s most-recent England squad, but he did not make his debut for the Three Lions and was an unused substitute against France at Wembley.

Meulensteen knows Lingard well from their mutual time together at Old Trafford, and the Dutch coach has high hopes for the starlet, stating that his style of play is similar to the current Barcelona captain.

“I see him as the English version of Iniesta," Meulensteen told United Review.

"He has still got a long way to go but that is the sort of player I see in him.”

Iniesta put in a masterclass in the Catalan side’s destruction of Clasico rivals Real Madrid over the weekend and has won just about every possible team accolade in the sport.

Lingard is expected to start for United against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday night.

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