Jesse Lingard in an interview has revealed that he turned down Liverpool to sign for Manchester United
He scored his first goal for Manchester United in their 2-0 win over West Brom, but Jesse Lingard would have been playing for their fierce rivals, Liverpool.
The 22-year-old in an interview has revealed that he turned down Liverpool to sign for the Red Devils.
“I was at a local club Penketh United and Mike Glennie, a Manchester United scout, came to watch me,” the forward 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.
“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.”
Lingard has been given a run in the first team by coach Louis van Gaal and repaid his manager’s faith with a fantastic goal in United’s 2-0 league win over West Brom just before the international break.
The forward hailed is debut goal for United as one of the highlights of his career.
“To see that go in the net was a great feeling for me and my family.”
“It’s up there with all the things I’ve achieved so far, like winning the FA Youth Cup. Hopefully I’ll carry on and score more goals for the club.”
His good form has also earned him a call up to the England’s senior squad for the first time ahead of tonight’s against France at Wembley.
He was invited as cover for injured Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick and Jamie Vardy.
Lingard has represented England’s Under-21s on 11 occasions and was a member of the squad that featured in the European Under-21 Championship earlier this year.