Louis Van Gaal won his first piece of silverware in Miami last night as Manchester United beat fierce rivals 3-1 in the International Champions Cup Final. The trophy won’t mean too much to the players or the manager in the grander scheme of things, but some of the performances, particularly from United’s youngsters, certainly will.
21-year-old Jesse Lindgard sealed United’s win with a classy finish two minutes from time, and has got fans discussing whether or not he should get his chance under Louis Van Gaal. A product of United’s youth academy, Lindgard was one of the stars of the 2013 pre-season tour – scoring four goals in four games under David Moyes. Last season he was sent out on loan, scoring six goals in 13 games for Birmingham City and three in 15 games for Brighton. Is this the season for him to break through with the first team?
Here’s his strike from Man United’s win over Liverpool that has got our tongues wagging over a Monday morning fry-up.
Paul Scholes certainly rates him highly, and said this in one of the blogs he did with us over the World Cup.
‘Last season at United, Lingard went on the pre-season tour, scored goals, and looked really sharp. At that time he was a better prospect, in my mind, than Adnan Januzai, but he didn’t get the chance.’
I’m not questioning the talent of Januzai, but Lingard, if given the opportunity, could have done well in the first team. With his ability, Lingard deserved to challenge Shinji Kagawa for a place.’
High praise indeed from a former-United legend who has 11 Premier League medals knocking around his gaff. Is this Lindgard’s time to shine?