12/04/2013 15:09, Report by Adam Marshall
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Lingard set for big week

Jesse Lingard is looking forward to a big week for the Under-21s with matches against Tottenham and Liverpool on the horizon.

The 20-year-old scored the only goal of the game against Southampton at Moss Lane on Tuesday and is likely to be a key figure again when Warren Joyce's side tackle league leaders Spurs and traditional rivals Liverpool.

The games will take place at Salford City Stadium and Old Trafford and there is all to play for as the Reds chase a place in the semi-finals of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

Lingard was delighted to get a seventh goal of the season against the Saints and he explained his unusual celebration that greeted the strike at the start of the second half.

"I think we go second with that win," Lingard told MUTV. "Obviously, I got on the scoresheet, which is needed, but we got three points overall which is good.

"It came from the left and was worked well with Reece James. I cut inside, beat a man and put it in the bottom corner.

"Me, Tunners [Ryan Tunnicliffe] and Adnan [Januzaj] wanted to do a celebration as we were coming out for the second half. Tunners has got a mohawk [haircut] so we had to do that celebration so it was for him really."

The change of scenery in the next couple of fixtures should provide a boost for the youngsters with the Spurs game on Monday and the Liverpool clash taking place on Friday evening.

"I've seen the Salford City Stadium," he added. "I've driven over the bridge a few times and always wanted to play there so it should be good.

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