Ex-coach hails Manchester United break-out star as the English Iniesta

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has hailed emerging youngster Jese Lingard as the ‘English Andres Iniesta’, according to reports from the Daily Star.

Lingard has been one of the break-out stars for the Red Devils this season, with the youngster now playing the last eight matches and was once again instrumental in their 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday.

The 22-year-old fired in the shot that forced Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomez to parry the ball into the path of Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose strike cannoned off Troy Deeney into the back of the net.

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His fine form previously also earned him a call-up to the England squad, although he only made the bench during the Three Lions’ 2-0 victory over France.

However, despite his rise, ex United coach Meulensteen is not surprised by his development, praising him as the English version of Barcelona and Spain star Andres Iniesta.

“I see him as an English version of Iniesta,” he told the United Review. He has still got a long way to go. But that is the sort of player I see in him.”

Lingard has played eight games in all competitions so far this season, scoring one goal and providing one assist.