The winger made his senior debut back in August 2014 and secured a regular spot in the starting XI after coming on in a 3-0 win over Everton back in October 2015.
Lingard missed out on Man United’s opening three Premier League games after picking up a hamstring injury against Leicester City in the Community Shield and looked wildly out of sorts after returning against Manchester City.
Regardless, United are determined to reward Lingard – who capped off a wonderful debut season with a winner in the FA Cup final – with a new contract, extending his future at Old Trafford beyond the 2017/18 season (which is when the 23-year-old’s contract expires).
Lingard’s style doesn’t align with the conventional image of a young, exuberant winger. In contrast to, say, Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial, the 23-year-old doesn’t exactly specialise in beating defenders. Rather, what he offers is far more disguised, but just as important.
His unyielding energy and discipline on the flank helps to sustain attacking movements as opposed to crowning them – a necessary binding force that, if absent, can lead to United’s attacking movements looking disjointed.
United fans ought to be excited by the prospect of this terrier-like, workhorse featuring in the starting XI for years to come.