Few Manchester United players split opinion quite like Jesse Lingard. Seemingly a manager’s dream who fulfils an important role in the squad, both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have called upon the Red Devils academy product frequently in recent years.
Public opinion, however, isn’t quite so kind – especially after Lingard was handed a £100k contract by the Old Trafford outfit towards the end of last season.
But with Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick all expected to be out of action this weekend, Lingard could prove to be an inspired selection from Mourinho as he looks to claim a huge win over United’s bitter rivals in the Northwest derby.
Academy products always tend to bring that extra few percent into derby games and although Lingard’s limited quality may frustrate when in possession, his industriousness could be vital in stopping Liverpool building play from deep.
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