Jesse Lingard has revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson helped him breakthrough at Manchester United.
Lingard has emerged as an important first-team player in recent seasons after earlier loan spells at Birmingham City, Leicester City and Derby County.
And the 25-year-old says Ferguson told him to be patient when he was coming through the ranks.
“Honestly, I don’t think I’d be here if it weren’t for Sir Alex. If it weren’t for the main man,” Lingard wrote in a column for The Players’ Tribune.
“One day, he had a meeting with me and my family. He sat us down in his office and he said, ‘It’s going to take a while for you, Jesse. We believe in you. But you’re going to have to be patient. You’re not going to be ready for the first team until you’re 22 or 23’.
“I can’t even tell you how massive that was for me and my family. You’d think I’d be disappointed, but when an absolute legend like Sir Alex says they believe in you, that means everything. He didn’t have to meet with us, and he didn’t have to say that to me. But that’s why he’s Sir Alex, and that’s why Man United is Man United.”
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