Rio Ferdinand: Why I love watching this ‘phenomenal’ Man United star

The BT Sport pundit has his say on Jesse Lingard's good form for Man United this season

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand (Photo: BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Jesse Lingard for the impressive impact he has had at Manchester United this season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The England international has been one of the Red Devils’ key players since Solskjaer was brought in as interim boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho back in December.

The 26-year-old has scored four goals and made two assists in 21 Premier League games this season and he found the net most recently in the 3-1 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round last month.

Lingard had to be brought off at the end of the first half in Manchester United’s 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

But speaking before the European clash, former Red Devils star Ferdinand underlined his admiration for Lingard following his fine form this season.

Speaking to BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “This is a kid who I’ve seen grow up through the ranks at Man United.

“His movement is phenomenal, his touch, his awareness of players around him and he gets important goals.

“I think that his relationship with the other players in the attacking third is key to this team. And he’s someone who I just love watching play.

“He’s in with a manager now who understands him, who understands where he needs to be on the pitch to get the best out of him.

“I think that’s what Jose Mourinho never maybe grasped enough.

“I think you can say this about every one of the players in this squad.”

Manchester United will return to action on Monday night when they travel to Chelsea FC in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The Red Devils will then prepare to host Liverpool FC at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday 24 February.

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