Jesse Lingard has revealed that he has “always looked up to” Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.
Giggs won a number of trophies during a long and successful career at Man United after graduating from the club’s youth academy as part of the famous ‘Class of ’92’.
The Welshman now coaches Lingard at Man United as Louis van Gaal’s assistant at Old Trafford. Lingard was full of praise for Giggs in a recent interview with manutd.com.
“Ryan Giggs pretty much won everything there is to win in the game. He made over 900 appearances for the club and always stayed loyal to Manchester United, which is really impressive,” Lingard said.
“He made his debut at 17 and so paved the way for youngsters here, showing what can be achieved. He came through the ranks and I know I always looked up to him. While you appreciate the need to be patient for your chance, you also realise he managed to get a chance at a young age. He obviously had that ability and did very well.
“Playing on the wing, he liked to take players on, score goals and make assists. Most importantly, he wanted to get fans off their seats, which is what I like doing myself. As soon as he was on the ball, it was very exciting because he was always going to create something. I would like to take some of that into my game.
“My favourite goal has to be his one in the FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal in 1999. That was a highlight of his career. It was a quality run and a great finish. To be so composed after such a long run was incredible and the celebrations afterwards were very memorable.”
Van Gaal is currently under huge pressure at United having overseen an eight game winless streak in all competitions and there have been numerous calls for Giggs to replace him at Old Trafford.
It would be a gamble for the club to appoint Giggs as manager on a permanent basis as he has next to no experience of managing at the highest level. However, his appointment would be a popular one with supporters and there is no doubt that he would command the respect of all the players.