Jesse Lingard has revealed he rejected Liverpool to sign for Manchester United as a seven-year-old. Telegraph Writes.
Lingard, who scored his first senior goal for United during the 2-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford earlier this month, could make his full England debut in tonight’s friendly against France at Wembley following a late call-up into Roy Hodgson’s squad.
A first senior cap would complete a whirlwind period for the 22-year-old, who made his first Champions League appearance against CSKA Moscow in Russia four weeks ago and has still only amassed just eight first-team appearances for United.
The Warrington-born winger has been with United since the age of seven, however, and he has now admitted that he was at the centre of a tug-of-war between the Old Trafford club and bitter rivals Liverpool as a young schoolboy.
“I was at a local club called Penketh United and Mike Glennie, a Manchester United scout, came to watch me,” Lingard told MUTV.
“He spoke to my grandad and offered me trials, but there was also interest from Liverpool and I had to pick.
“I was only young, but obviously my heart was with United at the time.
“Going through the years, I was with Larnell Cole, Mike and Will Keane, Sam [Johnstone], Ravel [Morrison] and Tunners [Ryan Tunnicliffe].
“There are a lot of lads still doing their thing at other clubs and they’re happy seeing me where I am.
“I’ve won a lot of trophies – like the FA Youth Cup and the Reserves league a couple of times – but it would top it off to win the Premier League with the first team.”
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