Is Jesse Lingard good enough for Man United?

Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard has finally gotten a chance in United’s first team. He has scored one crucial goal against WBA, and made a fantastic assist for a goal against CSKA Moscow in Champions League. However, the question about Lingard’s quality still remains?

Jesse Lingard is a product of Manchester United youth academy. He signed for the club, when he was only eight years old. He waited a long time for his chance, given that he is 22 years old. Oddly enough, he was never given a chance by Ferguson.

Lingard looks quite similar to Nani, and even plays in the same position (winger). Although he is not as technical as Nani, he does have good crosses, awesome pace, and great long range shots. There is also one particular thing that separates the two, and that is team play. Lingard is much more of a team player than Nani. This is probably the main difference that could be crucial for Lingard’s “longer” stay at United.

After four mediocre loans in lower leagues, Lingard was finally given a chance by Van Gaal, and he has taken the chance with both hands (and legs). For now, its very difficult to judge Lingard, because he has only played in seven games this season.

Still, Lingard has managed to put Memphis Depay out of United’s first eleven, which is very difficult to do. I mean Depay was one of the biggest signings United made this summer. United paid €27 million for Depay, and gave him a shirt with number seven on it. Than “forgotten” Lingard enters the frame, and puts Depay on the bench.

In a recent interview, Van Gaal said that “We still need players with more creativity and pace on the wings. That’s the reason why he (Lingard) plays”. This means that Van Gaal simply doesn’t see Depay as good enough. Obviously, that’s an excellent opportunity for Lingard, but is he going to be able to keep his place?

There were examples of “forgotten” players coming to claim first team spots. There was Harry Kane from Tottenham, and Francais Coquelin from Arsenal. This two examples are the most known, while Jamie Vardy has managed to get from eight tier football to the stardom of Premier League.

When you see this kind of players, you can see that Lingard can actually make it at United. Neither Kane, nor Coquelin had impressive loans. They both gotten their chance by luck, and they both became key players in their teams.

Of course there are plenty of players that get the chance, have some good performances, and soon disappear into obscurity. I remember one Frederico Macheda. He also got a chance, got a few goals, but couldn’t keep his place at United, so he (eventually) quite United.

Although its too soon to tell, I believe that Jesse Lingard is more in terms of Kane, and Coquelin, than Macheda. Its true that Lingard faces a tough competition in Depay, but with performances like he is showing at the moment, he won’t have a problem keeping Depay on the bench.


I think that Jesse Lingard is good enough for Manchester United. The performances, he is currently showing, are proving his ability. Its hard to say if Lingard will keep his place, but given that he has managed to put Depay on the bench, shows certain ability. There have been a lot of players, that didn’t took their chances, but Lingard is not going to be one of them. He just might become one of the modern legends of “new” Manchester United.