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Lingard wants to prove his worth

Published 23/07/2015

Jesse Lingard suffered a serious injury on his only appearance for United against Swansea
Jesse Lingard suffered a serious injury on his only appearance for United against Swansea

Jesse Lingard wants to stay and fight for a place in the Manchester United first team next season, rather than go out on loan.

Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at Derby last term and a number of Championship clubs are keeping tabs on the midfielder in case he is made available on a temporary basis again.

But the player is hoping he will do enough on United's pre-season tour to persuade Louis van Gaal that he is worth keeping at Old Trafford.

"The manager has not said anything to me at the moment regarding my future," Lingard told Press Association Sport.

"I am looking to stay for the first couple of months and see what it's like

"Obviously I would like to stay for the rest of the season, this is my club. This is where I want to stay."

Lingard looked to be part of Van Gaal's first-team plans last term, playing regularly during the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

The England Under-21 international then made his debut in the first game of the season against Swansea, but suffered a serious knee injury during the shock defeat and spent the next few months on the sidelines before joining Derby on loan.

Lingard has gone the right way about impressing Van Gaal again this summer. He looked a threat after his introduction against Club America in Seattle and then provided the assist for Andreas Pereira in the 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes.

United are not blessed with speedy wingers so Lingard is sure he can be of use to his manager this season.

"The manager has been playing me off the right this time, and he said he would like to get two players for each position (this season)," the 22-year-old said.

"The tour has been really good at the moment. I was (on loan) last year so it's good to be back with all the lads and the backroom staff."

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