Man United starlet lifts lid on Liverpool snub

Jesse Lingard turned down the opportunity to join Liverpool before opting to move to Manchester United as a youngster

Jesse Lingard has revealed that he turned down the chance to join Liverpool early in his career after enjoying a breakthrough at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal.

The 22-year-old has made four Premier League appearances for the Red Devils so far this season and scored United’s second goal in a man of the match display during the 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion earlier this month.

Lingard has also featured twice in the Champions League for United to help take Van Gaal’s men to the cusp of qualification for the knockout phase.

And the attacking midfielder has now revealed how he had to choose between joining United or Liverpool early on in his career.

Lingard told United’s website: “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.

“Going through the years, I was with Larnell Cole, Mike and Will Keane, Sam [Johnstone], Ravel [Morrison] and Tunners [Ryan Tunnicliffe]. There are a lot of lads still doing their thing at other clubs and they’re happy seeing me where I am.

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“I’ve won a lot of trophies – like the FA Youth Cup and the Reserves league a couple of times- but it would top it off to win the Premier League with the first team.”

Lingard will be hoping to feature when United return to Premier League action with a trip to Watford after the international break on Saturday lunchtime.

United are currently fourth in the table and two points behind leaders Manchester City.

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