The youngster has come to the fore in recent weeks
and his manager explains why his pace was the
Louis van Gaal has explained why Jesse Lingard has
come into the side in recent weeks.
The Dutchman has been searching for the elusive
ingredient that could be the missing piece of his title
And he admits he wants more pace on the flanks in
order to stretch opponents, report the Manchester
In his successful start to his managerial career he
had Marc Overmars performing the role. At
Barcelona it was Luis Figo in the key berth and at
Bayern Munich he brought in Arjen Robben to
transform the Germans.
At United record buy Angel Di Maria who was
bought for the job couldn’t adapt to Van Gaal’s ways
last season and was sold to PSG this summer.
Memphis Depay was bought for £24m from PSV
Eindhoven but has struggled in his debut campaign
for the Reds. In the last month 22-year-old Academy
product Jesse Lingard has been promoted to
attempt to provide the answer.
“We still need players with more creativity and pace
on the wings. That I have said five months ago, three
months ago and now I am saying it again, but we
need that, so we are still in a process,” says the Reds
“That’s the reason why he (Lingard) plays. But I have
to compare him with other players in that position.
But it is still what I have said five months ago and it’s
United have only been top of the Premier League
once in Van Gaal’s 16 months in charge at Old Trafford when they briefly climbed to the summit in September after beating Sunderland 3-0 at home before being knocked off number one spot the match later following the defeat to Arsenal.
But Van Gaal believes the Reds are capable of reaching his title target.
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