Owen backs Wembley hero Lingard for Manchester United start

Jesse Lingard scores the second goal for Manchester United

Lingard was on target during United's 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Community Shield on Sunday.

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard scores their first goalManchester United's Jesse Lingard scores their first goal

Former Manchester United striker and current pundit Michael Owen used BT Sport's coverage of Sunday's FA Community Shield (aired 7/8 at 3.15pm) to back Jesse Lingard for a start in the Red Devils' Premier League opener with AFC Bournemouth next weekend.

Owen was impressed by Lingard's performance during United's 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Community Shield on Sunday, which saw the playmaker find the net with a stunning solo effort before eventually being substituted for Juan Mata.

Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action

With the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund for £30 million and Juventus superstar Paul Pogba for a world-record £89 million, competition in United's midfield is set to be more intense than ever, as new boss Jose Mourinho looks to take the team back to the summit of English football.

But having seen the 23-year-old score two goals in as many Wembley appearances for United, Owen believes Lingard has made a good case for himself ahead of the season's opener.

France's Paul Pogba

He told BT Sport after the game: “I thought Mkhitaryan could have a chance of coming in but then again Lingard scored a special goal at Wembley, so you’d think he’d keep his place."

Owen, who spent three years as a player at Old Trafford, also hinted that it may take time for new signing Pogba to bed in at the club, adding that he also expects Daley Blind to replace the suspended Chris Smalling at the back.

Jesse Lingard scores the second goal for Manchester United

“Pogba is going to sign but he won’t be fit enough to throw straight back in, and Smalling could be fit, could be playing but as it is Daley Blind will play," he added.

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