How Jesse Lingard rose through the Manchester United ranks – just as Sir Alex Ferguson predicted –

Paul McGuinness has spent the best part of 45 minutes talking about Manchester United’s man of the moment, Jesse Lingard, when the conversation starts to wind up.

“It seems to have gone unnoticed but he’s a really talented player,” United’s former Under-18 coach says. “I have to check myself sometimes and think ‘Am I biased here?’ but isn’t he the best player on the team at the moment? Someone said Ross Barkley is a snip at £15m to Chelsea. Well Jesse Lingard looks quite good value, doesn’t he?”

It is a peculiarity at a club that takes great pride in its youth system that some products of that academy have faced such a battle for acceptance among elements of the fanbase. Tom Cleverley could relate to some of the criticism Lingard has had down the years but those United supporters who seemed to forget the forward was one of their own have lost their voice of late. Jose Mourinho’s talisman#8230;

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