Often asked to provide some creative flair with his dribbling skills, he was leading scorer on the 2013 tour and his performances prompted a loan move to Birmingham City. He made an incredible instant impression with four goals against Sheffield Wednesday. "It was an unbelievable start for Jesse," commented Warren Joyce. "Roy of the Rovers stuff. You could not write a script like that."
A headed goal for the Midlanders followed and he is proved his worth for Lee Clark's side before enjoying another successful loan stay with Brighton & Hove Albion, helping the Seagulls reach the Championship play-offs as a key figure in their attack.
Although he was on the bench for the win against Swansea City under David Moyes, the elusive United debut continues to evade the exciting forward, who has become a regular at England Under-21 level. However, Sir Alex Ferguson predicted he would not get into the team until he turned 22 (in December 2014) and the time could be right for Lingard to make his big splash under Louis van Gaal, who could appreciate his style and work ethic.