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Lingard picks his four favourite Man Utd moments including FA Cup final winner


Jesse Lingard has selected his four favourite moments as a Man Utd player – including his FA Cup final winner.

The midfielder was on the fringes of the United first-team when the club last won the Premier League title in 2013, but didn’t make his breakthrough until after Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.

Since then United’s decline has been notable, though there have been several good moments scattered among the difficult times.

Lingard has been central to the majority of those, but he looks back on four in particular that were special for him personally.

“My debut sticks out a lot [against Swansea City on the opening day of the 2014-15 season]. It was a great feeling,” he told MUTV .

Lingard unsurprisingly counts his FA Cup final winner among his top United moments
Lingard unsurprisingly counts his FA Cup final winner among his top United moments

“You have to work hard to get into the first team and to play my debut stands out. Obviously, I got injured in that game so it stands out a bit more.”

Despite technically scoring the first goal of David Moyes’ reign as manager in a friendly, Lingard had to wait until Louis van Gaal’s appointment to be handed his competitive debut.

Shortly after that he fired his first official goal for the club against West Brom at the Stretford End, which he says he remembers “like it was yesterday”.

It was under van Gaal that Lingard flourished, and his crowning moment in a United shirt came at the end of the Dutchman’s tenure.

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After United and Crystal Palace could not be separated after 90 minutes, it was down to Lingard to thump in a dramatic extra time winner in the 2016 FA Cup final, earning van Gaal his only trophy at United.

United followed that up with League Cup success under Jose Mourinho – with Lingard again scoring in the final – before also winning the Europa League in the same season.

“There are a lot of great memories – especially the FA Cup, but the European one was brilliant as well,” he added.

“That team was quite young and a lot of us had never won the FA Cup or a trophy. Wazza [Wayne Rooney] and Carrers [Michael Carrick] had never won it before that.

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“It was important for them to win it and important for us, as young lads, to win the first trophy for the club, to get that winning feeling.

“When you do, you get that hunger to go on and win more trophies. It was a mixture of everything, the atmosphere was crazy that day at Wembley.

“It couldn’t have been a better day for us.”

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