Albion are like a Premier team says Lingard

Jesse Lingard believes his Albion move can help him into Manchester United's first team

Jesse Lingard believes his Albion move can help him into Manchester United's first team

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Jesse Lingard has not played in the Premier League for Manchester United yet - but reckons a move to Albion could be the next best thing.

The Old Trafford prospect believes his stint with the Seagulls for the rest of the season will help him make the big breakthrough into United's first team.

Lingard is held in high regard by David Moyes. Sir Alex Ferguson's successor took the versatile 21-year-old striker on United's pre-season tour to Australia and Asia.

Lingard scored four goals in as many games before going on loan to Birmingham for three months.

Moyes included him again on United's mid-season break to Dubai and he was an unused substitute against Swansea last month.

Birmingham wanted Lingard back but the slightly built Lancastrian, with 18 months left on his contract at United, regards Albion as an ideal destination on his journey towards their first team.

He said: "Brighton play a lot of good football and the stadium is good. It's like a Premiership team I think.

"I've seen a few clips of them. They obviously like to keep the ball. I like to get on the ball and try to create chances but it's good that they have overall possession of the game, try to control the game and win a lot of matches.

"I like playing for team that get on the ball and let me have the ball and just be free really, roam about and do what I do.

"It's just like another stepping stone. It'll probably have to be the last stepping stone really. My main aim is to get into the play-offs and then break into Man United's team next year."

Lingard looks as well-suited to Albion as they are for him, an extra attacking spark for a side that has only scored more than once in a match in the Championship since early December and more support for Leo Ulloa.

"He has scored a lot of goals and obviously it would be good to play with him, getting the second balls off him and learning probably from him," Lingard said.

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3:12pm Fri 28 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

I think it a great compliment to our club that United were prepared to let this lad come to us, they obviously see us as a good outfit to bring on one of their own. If we can borrow a player like this lad now, who will we attract in the future once our new facility is up and running.
I think it a great compliment to our club that United were prepared to let this lad come to us, they obviously see us as a good outfit to bring on one of their own. If we can borrow a player like this lad now, who will we attract in the future once our new facility is up and running. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 28

3:33pm Fri 28 Feb 14

TheWerewolf says...

Man U will only have agreed to this if he plays. Sounds like he may have been discussing a role playing with Leo and feeding off his scraps. Have to say sounds like a pretty dangerous combination and having seen his finishing we could start banging in the goals soon! UTA
Man U will only have agreed to this if he plays. Sounds like he may have been discussing a role playing with Leo and feeding off his scraps. Have to say sounds like a pretty dangerous combination and having seen his finishing we could start banging in the goals soon! UTA TheWerewolf
  • Score: 20

3:35pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

I like the fact he's willing to learn from his new team-mates - it seemed the problem with Razak when we loaned him from City was that he thought he knew it all already.
I like the fact he's willing to learn from his new team-mates - it seemed the problem with Razak when we loaned him from City was that he thought he knew it all already. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 11

4:17pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Hovite says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
I like the fact he's willing to learn from his new team-mates - it seemed the problem with Razak when we loaned him from City was that he thought he knew it all already.
He’s a right laugh, played a few games for us, Charlton and now at West Ham without appearing for them. He is on very good money and has made a fantastic career from not playing football.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: I like the fact he's willing to learn from his new team-mates - it seemed the problem with Razak when we loaned him from City was that he thought he knew it all already.[/p][/quote]He’s a right laugh, played a few games for us, Charlton and now at West Ham without appearing for them. He is on very good money and has made a fantastic career from not playing football. Hovite
  • Score: 5

4:35pm Fri 28 Feb 14

dave from bexill says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I think it a great compliment to our club that United were prepared to let this lad come to us, they obviously see us as a good outfit to bring on one of their own. If we can borrow a player like this lad now, who will we attract in the future once our new facility is up and running.
I agree and hopefully once the Academy is up and running, Albion's reputation for looking after and bringing on young players will establish and appeal to the parents of promising youngsters who will see the club as one which gives youth every chance of progressing and reaching their full potential.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I think it a great compliment to our club that United were prepared to let this lad come to us, they obviously see us as a good outfit to bring on one of their own. If we can borrow a player like this lad now, who will we attract in the future once our new facility is up and running.[/p][/quote]I agree and hopefully once the Academy is up and running, Albion's reputation for looking after and bringing on young players will establish and appeal to the parents of promising youngsters who will see the club as one which gives youth every chance of progressing and reaching their full potential. dave from bexill
  • Score: 12

9:43pm Fri 28 Feb 14

bikerjimbo says...

I sense the optimism for both the team and this lad. I reckoned a 6th or 7th place finish BUT this loanee could prove me wrong and I won't be complaining. Just thinking we could get 9 points from the next 3 games, fingers crossed.
I sense the optimism for both the team and this lad. I reckoned a 6th or 7th place finish BUT this loanee could prove me wrong and I won't be complaining. Just thinking we could get 9 points from the next 3 games, fingers crossed. bikerjimbo
  • Score: 2

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