Man United legend admits he doubted midfielder at Old Trafford

Bryan Robson admits he doubted Jesse Lingard's ability at Man United

Jesse Lingard
Manchester United star Jesse Lingard Photo: Adidas

Bryan Robson has admitted that he doubted whether Jesse Lingard had the ability to succeed at Manchester United.

The England international ended up being one of the Red Devils’ key players last season under Jose Mourinho as he broke into the first team and earned the trust of the Portuguese coach.

Lingard’s solid form for Manchester United earned him a call-up to the England World Cup squad and he started the Three Lions’ opener in Russia against Tunisia last week.

Now, Red Devils legend Robson has openly admitted that he didn’t think that Lingard had the quality to succeed at Old Trafford when he first came across him.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Robson said: “When I first saw Jesse Lingard I thought he would never make it at Manchester United.

“He was small, he was light and he didn’t show enough to make me believe he could be anything more than a squad player. It is to his eternal credit that he has proved me wrong.

“This kid has worked so hard at his game that he’s an example to any young player who gets a few knocks and questions whether they can make it. Now he is playing for England in a World Cup.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United officially confirmed their second signing of the summer last week when Fred was unveiled as a Red Devils player.

Manchester United are believed to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as Mourinho looks to assemble a squad capable of winning the Premier League trophy next season.

The Red Devils finished in second place and without a trophy last term – and they have not won the Premier League since back in 2013.

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