Lingard signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with Man United late on transfer deadline day before joining the Rams on loan until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old had initially been named in Warren Joyce’s U21s side to face Fulham but was pulled out of the squad after Derby expressed an interest in him.
Speaking about the move, Lingard told Derby’s official website: “I was scheduled to play for the Under 21s last night, but I got a call before the game. I had to travel back to Carrington to get my deal sorted with Manchester United before I sorted out my move to Derby.
“It was important for me to pledge my future to Manchester United and then Derby wanted to take me on loan.
“The team has been winning and doing well, so I am going integrate myself into the group that they have already got here, but when I play, I hope I can make a big impact and help out in anyway that I can.
“I want to play for Manchester United. That is my main aim and by coming on loan to Derby, I have a great chance to continue to develop and help them achieve their dream of getting back to the Premier League and hopefully that will help me achieve mine as well.”
Lingard started against Swansea City in van Gaal’s first competitive game in charge but an injury he suffered in that game derailed his progress. He had only recently made his comeback against Liverpool’s U21s having been sidelined for the majority of the season.
The midfielder joins another promising youngster, Tom Ince, at Derby and is in good hands with Steve McClaren at the helm. The former England manager clearly believes in youth and he will almost certainly give Lingard the platform he needs to flourish.