Man United's Jesse Lingard says current crop can emulate Class of '92

Sport360 staff 23:11 30/03/2018
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Jesse Lingard

Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has admitted how the Class of ’92 have inspired this generation of stars to make history.

The England international believes he himself, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay can emulate the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers and achieve what they achieved.

“It’s all about making new history but you see the team with Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville etc and you see what they achieved and it is only right that the likes of me, Marcus and Paul try and emulate that and win trophies,” said Lingard as quoted by Mirror.

“They came through the ranks together, but my youth team went their separate ways so to have another home lad like Marcus in the team and with Paul having been here since 16, we just want to try and emulate what they did,” he added.

Midfield duo: Lingard and Pogba.

The 25-year old has scored eight goals in the Premier League for Jose Mourinho‘s side and also earned his place rightfully in the England team, after impressive displays at United.

“I did well on the pre-season tour but then I wasn’t playing in the first few months of the season,” Lingard said.

“It’s always hard, but within those periods you have to try and make an impact and you always have to be ready. I was patient and I knew eventually I would get my chance.

“It’s the start now. I’m comfortable in myself and my surroundings, so that makes me play stress-free and enjoy being on the ball.”

“Consistency, goals and assists – that gets you confidence and puts the thought in the manager’s head that he can’t drop you.

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“Sometimes games may not go the way you plan it and sometimes you have to do the dirty, gritty stuff well – you have to tackle, you have to run.

“I learned that when I was young and it’s a good feeling to work hard for the team, to get the ball back,” says Lingard who is currently enjoying his best season at Old Trafford.

His ability to win the ball was evident in England’s 1-1 draw against Italy as he provided an assist to Jamie Vardy to open the scoring after taking a free-kick quickly, showing brilliant presence of mind.

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