The England Under-21s match-winner Jesse Lingard says that he wants to stay at Manchester United and try to impress manager Louis van Gaal, having lost so much of last season to injury.
The winger, 22, who scored the only goal in England’s victory over Sweden on Sunday, is wanted by Steve McClaren at Newcastle.
He started United’s first game against Swansea City last season but injured his knee after 24 minutes and finished the season on loan at Derby County. An United academy boy, Lingard said he wanted to make the breakthrough this season.
Lingard said: “I’m looking to stay at Manchester United and get some games under my belt there. I’ll see what the boss says when I get back.
“I’ve always wanted to play for Man United and that’s still my ambition. I was unlucky to get injured at the start of last season, and I’ll never know where I would be know if I hadn’t got that injury.
“Scoring goals like this can only help. It gets your profile up, and other teams see you as well as Man United. It can only be good for me.
“I kept in contact with Louis van Gaal last season and spoke to the Under-21s manager a lot. He was guiding me and giving me confidence.”
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