Jesse Lingard making Derby debut this afternoon against Reading

by Sam Peoples

Derby County have confirmed Jesse Lingard will make his full debut this afternoon in their FA Cup clash against Reading.

The 22-year-old joined Derby on transfer deadline day immediately after signing a new long-term contract with Man United and it could prove to be a very important loan spell for the youngster.

Lingard made his full Man United debut on the opening day of the season against Swansea but a cruel knee injury kept him out of action for six months and he is only now coming back to fitness.

Derby is a great loan for Lingard because they’re enjoying a promotion push in the Championship this season as well as an FA Cup run that could continue if they beat Reading this afternoon.

Louis van Gaal is a big fan of Lingard and will be keen to see him back in action ahead of the pre-season tour which he will likely be a part of.

Lingard is one of a number of Man United players in action this weekend on loan including Ben Pearson at Barnsley and Will Keane at Sheffield Wednesday.

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