Lingard was due to play for Man United’s U21s against Fulham on Monday but was pulled out after the club considered sending him out on loan for the rest of the season.
He eventually made the short-term move to the Championship outfit, but not before signing a new three and a half contract at Old Trafford.
Speaking about Lingard, Van Gaal said: ”Jesse was desperately unfortunate to sustain a knee-ligament injury on his debut for the club on the opening day of the season.
“I have been impressed by Jesse’s determination during his rehabilitation and it was pleasing to see him perform to such a high standard in his second match since last August [in the Under-21s’ win over Liverpool].”
The youngster started against Swansea City in Van Gaal’s first competitive game in charge but was replaced 24 minutes into the game after suffering an injury.
He was sidelined for the majority of the season and only recently made his comeback against Liverpool’s U21s.
Lingard moves to Derby along with another promising youngster, Tom Ince, and is in good hands with Steve McClaren at the helm.
Fans will be hoping he can get the first team experience he needs in order to develop so he can push for a spot in Man United’s starting XI next season.