Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard has revealed that he intends to fight for his place at Old Trafford.

The pacy winger started last season’s 1-2 defeat to Swansea, where he picked up an injury, and was consequently shipped off on-loan.

MOMENT TO FORGET: Lingard’s injury disrupted the beginning of Manchester United career

Lingard is linked with a temporary switch to Newcastle, where he will pair up with Steve McClaren, having worked together at Derby County last season.

But the Warrington born England youth international has other plans, and hopes to get some gametime by impressing boss Louis van Gaal.

Talking to reporters, he said, “I’m looking to stay at Man United and get some games under my belt there. I’ll see what the boss says when I get back,”

“I’ve always wanted to play for Man United and that’s still my ambition. I was unlucky to get injured at the start of last season, and I’ll never know where I would be now if I hadn’t got that injury.

“I kept in contact with Louis Van Gaal last season and spoke to England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate a lot. He was guiding me and giving me confidence.”

The 22-year-old is currently on international duty with the England Under-21’s for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Czech Republic. The attacker scored a stunning volley to give his nation a much needed victory against Sweden.  And the former Brighton and Birmingham hoped that the goal enhances his reputation.

“Scoring goals like that can only help. It gets your profile up, and other teams see you as well as Man United. It can only be good for me.”

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