Derby days just don’t feel right without a few academy products involved, so ahead of the latest instalment of the Northwest rivalry this weekend, we recently asked Manchester United fans whether Jesse Lingard should make a surprise start at Anfield against Liverpool.
The England international certainly isn’t the greatest natural talent in Jose Mourinho’s ranks. But his effort, work-rate and enthusiasm can’t be faulted and that will be of particular significance in Saturday’s 12.30pm kickoff – not only because it’s a no-love-lost affair between two rivals but also because of Liverpool’s notorious venom in attack.
Our poll, however, suggests Manchester United fans are thinking with head over heart. While 29% liked the idea of Lingard starting on Merseyside, a far more significant 71% didn’t. Admittedly, with United performing so well going forward this season, it’s hard to think of a role for Lingard in their regular starting XI.
So, United fans, what will be the final result on Saturday? Let us know by commenting below…