Jesse Lingard has revealed he rejected the chance to join Manchester United’s bitter rivals Liverpool before deciding to join the Red Devils’ academy side.
Lingard decided to join the Red Devils at the age of seven, where he has gone on to earn a place in Louis van Gaal’s first-team squad, due to his love for the Old Trafford outfit.
Speaking to Manchester United’s official in-house TV station, Lingard said of signing for United: ‘I was at a local club, Penketh United, and Mike Glennie, a Manchester United scout, came to watch me.
‘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.’
Lingard learned his trade alongside the likes of Sam Johnstone and Ravel Morrison before he was shipped out on loan in order to secure regular firstteam football.
He brushed up on his skills at Leicester, Birmingham, Brighton and Derby during his time away from United.