Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen compares Jesse Lingard to Spain and Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta as he backs England man to get back to his best. “Jesse always had attributes in his game as Iniesta had for Barcelona.”


Jesse Lingard with attributes of Andres Iniesta

Jesse Lingard has always had “features” in his game. Similar to those of Barcelona legend Andrés Iniesta, says Rene Meulensteen. While the forward of Manchester United attacker enduring a slight “dent” in his confidence at present. The England team went 12 months without finding a goal in the Premier League, and only two attempts were recorded in the Europa League and the FA Cup this season. Serious questions are being asked about its value and future at Old Trafford. While Bruno Fernandes’s January visit provided further competition for places. Meulensteen insists that Lingard is still able to earn a long-term future with the Red Devils. Without doubting his ability or attitude, and feels that he needs a piece of luck.

Van Gaal was very significant in bringing young players

The Dutchman helped raise the 27-year-old striker through the United Academy system. Along with such as Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison, and retains full faith in his ball-playing qualities. “Jesse had various loan clubs, and when he returned,” Meulensteen said in an interview at The Michael Anthony Show. “And I think that at that time the manager was Louis van Gaal and he was very significant in bringing young players through. So Jesse got a chance to suddenly play in the first team and so did Marcus Rushford. “This is the luck you need, and individual managers can see it.


Jesse is a great kid

“Jesse always had attributes in his game, like Iniesta for Barcelona. Lingard sometimes demonstrated this talent, becoming permanent for United and England in the process, but has been scratching his uniform for over a year. Meulensteen admits the same but feels that it is up to the current coaching team and the player to find a way to rediscover the spark. The former assistant of Sir Alex Ferguson added: “Jesse, in my opinion – and I think he knows it himself, he is a great kid – he is such a player that it is so hard to mark opposition teams.


“I think this is more a thing of confidence; you need to recognize as staff and coaches and say.“ well, when did you have the best games? When did you score the most goals? And why is this not happening now? ” “There’s a dent somewhere below, and you have to find it and what you can do to make sure the focus comes back.” Lingard, who has not seen in the last units of England. This season has taken 32 matches for United in all competitions.