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29/01/2014 15:25, Report by Adam Marshall

Lingard outlines ambitions

Jesse Lingard has again spelt out his determination to break into Manchester United's first team.

The exciting 21-year-old has been in and around David Moyes' squad since returning from a successful loan spell at Birmingham City and was on the bench for the recent Barclays Premier League win against Swansea City.

However, the England Under-21 international is still eagerly anticipating his first competitive action for his boyhood club after top scoring during the pre-season tour last summer.

"I think I've got stronger now and mentally stronger as well," he told MUTV. "I've been training with the first team all week and feel like I'm back now. It was hard to get back in the fold after missing a couple of games at Birmingham [through suspension] but I feel good now I'm back training at Manchester United.

"I just want to hopefully break into the United first team. That is my main aim. If not, go out on loan again. I just want to play regular football week in and week out."

Lingard scored for United's Under-21s in the derby defeat to Manchester City on Monday and continues to sparkle at that level for Warren Joyce's side.

"As an attacking midfielder, you've got to create chances and score goals," he explained. "To get on the scoresheet is good but we lost the game so it's disappointing."

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