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Jesse Lingard had to wait for his chance to make a first-team impression at the club he’s been at since the age of seven but, boy, has his patience paid off.

An Academy product who plays the game with a smile on his face, his pace and intelligent movement is proving invaluable for Jose Mourinho's side. Not in his wildest dreams could Lingard have foreseen a season quite like his 2015/16 one that ended with him sweetly volleying the winning goal in extra-time against Crystal Palace to clinch the FA Cup during Louis van Gaal’s final game in charge. In 2016/17, Lingard twice returned to Wembley and twice scored again: first in the Community Shield and then in the EFL Cup final. As such, he's fast earning himself a reputation as a man for the big occasion, as well as a scorer of great goals, as he is proving with astonishing regularity during the latest campaign. The attacking midfielder has progressed through the ranks with United after being treated patiently by the coaches, and made his senior bow for the club in the opening game of the 2014/15 season against Swansea City, only to pick up a serious injury. An FA Youth Cup winner in 2011, he had loan spells at Leicester, Birmingham City – where he scored four goals in a memorable debut against Sheffield Wednesday – Brighton and Derby County, and netted at the Under-21 European Championship finals before being promoted to the full England squad. The livewire forward can play on the flanks or in his preferred central role, just behind the striker. A clever and assured finisher, he is capable of mixing the spectacular finish with well-placed shots and causes problems for defenders with his direct running. A hard worker who always tracks back for the team, he is tactically smart and very much a team player. Playing alongside pals Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, he is a bubbly character who clearly enjoys performing for the club he supported as a child. Having expressed a desire to add more goals to his game, he has delivered on that promise to remarkable effect. His 2017/18 campaign exploded in the winter with a purple patch that delivered eight goals in 10 games, many of them goal of the season contenders. At the end of February he stepped off the bench to head the winner in the Premier League against Chelsea at Old Trafford, and he featured in the key wins against Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final. He figured again in the final against Chelsea but sadly there was to be no fairytale ending for Lingard or United.

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  • Position

    Midfielder

  • Country

    England

  • Date of birth

  • Joined

  • United debut

    v Swansea (H)

I feel great pride every time I pull the shirt on.

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Lingard in action for England.

Lingard finds the top bin before Rooney's cameo Article

Jesse scored a great goal for England at Wembley, where Wayne took his place for a final international appearance.

Marcus Rashford in action for England.
Thursday's internationals
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Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw could be in action for England, against USA in a friendly at Wembley Stadium (kick-off 20:00 GMT).

Marcus Rashford in action for England.
Tonight's international matches
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Croatia v Spain (De Gea), 19:45 GMT England (Lingard, Rashford, Shaw) v USA, 20:00 GMT

Jesse Lingard roars with delight at the Etihad Stadium.

'I believe in this team' Article

Jesse Lingard reflects on last season's spirited win over Man City, as we compile his derby record at all age levels.

Jose Mourinho pitchside during a Champions League match

Teams: Jose explains Jesse selection Article

Jose Mourinho reveals his reason for giving Jesse Lingard a first start since September as United visit Juventus.

United players celebrate after winning at Man City in April 2018
Jesse Lingard says

"The win there last season was a mad feeling and, hopefully, we can do it again. The way the fans were supporting us, even at 2-0 down, they stayed with us and backed us throughout the game, which spurred us on."

Jesse Lingard being interviewed on MUTV

‘I’m raring to go’ Article

Jesse Lingard talks about putting his injury troubles behind him as he looks forward to the Bournemouth game.

Jesse Lingard applauding the United fans at Brighton.
Jesse Lingard says

"Bournemouth are playing very well at the moment. It will be a tough game. As long as we're there, giving 100 per cent, and can fight for each other, I don't see a reason why we shouldn't win."

Jesse Lingard.
Jesse Lingard says

"It's a small stadium and the crowd gets up so it can make it difficult. It's all about mentality. If we have that mentality, confidence about winning the game with no pressure and enjoying the game, I'm sure we'll win it."

Jesse Lingard claps the fans at the end of United's match at Brighton

Team news: Could Lingard face Everton? Article

Jesse Lingard is mentioned as Jose Mourinho gives an update on his squad for Sunday's Premier League clash with Everton.

Jesse Lingard
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There are doubts surrounding the fitness of Alexis, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Scott McTominay, who all missed Tuesday's game against Juventus.

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