Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has admitted that he is relishing in his new role as an attacking midfielder for the Red Devils. The 22-year-old also insisted that he is looking to secure his place in the starting eleven as a number 10.
Louis Van Gaal made a very different decision in the game against Liverpool in Europa League by fielding Juan Mata on the right flank and Lingard playing just behind the striker. The decision was criticised initially, but after a few games, it looks like the Red Devils are more direct while attacking when Lingard plays centrally.
Lingard enjoys playing at no. 10 role
Lingard has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Manchester United this year. The 22-year-old has been in starting eleven for most of the games and has scored some important goals for the Red Devils. Lingard was also awarded with a call up for England side for his performances at club level. The United graduate has shown his versatile nature by playing on either flanks, but admits that he loves to play just behind the striker.
While talking to the United Review, Lingard said that has “always liked the number 10 position" because "you can get on the ball a lot more and attempt to dictate the play.” He also admitted that with “Marcus Rashford scoring, obviously he’s another local boy to come through the ranks, it made the win even more enjoyable.”
Manchester derby was a learning curve for Lingard as a number 10
Lingard delivered a brilliant performance against Manchester City last month which helped his side to cut down the lead of the neighbours by one point in the quest for the fourth place and Champions League football. Lingard suggested that “the gaffer said after the match it was my best game of the season.”
He also admitted that with Marcus Rashford scoring,"it made the win even more enjoyable" because "obviously he’s another local boy to come through the ranks."
Lingard also insisted that going up against Yaya Toure was a "good test" because "he is one of the biggest of all the midfielders in the Premier League."