Jesse Lingard gave Man Utd team-mate advice before youngster’s loan move


Jesse Lingard went on loan to Birmingham City in 2013 (Picture: Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Tahith Chong has revealed he asked Manchester United team-mate Jesse Lingard for advice before sealing his loan move to Birmingham City.

The 21-year-old, who has five United league appearances under his belt, completed a season-long loan move to the Championship outfit in the summer.

With summer arrivals like Jadon Sancho arriving through the door at Old Trafford, Chong’s game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked set to be limited.

Chong has become a key player under Lee Bowyer though as he aims to help the Blues climb the table from their current 16th position.

Discussing his loan move, he revealed he sought assurances from Lingard, who was at St Andrews on loan in the 2013/14 season.

‘Before I left, I spoke to Jesse, just briefly, about it as he’s been here as well,’ he told United’s website.

‘So I spoke to him and he explained a bit about the club so I already had kind of an idea.

Tahith Chong

Tahith Chong is enjoying his time at Birmingham City (Picture: Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

‘It’s always different when you experience it yourself but I have got to say it has been fantastic for me.

‘Jesse just said about the fans – if you work hard on the pitch and all the stuff like that then the fans can help you through games.

‘And the players too. I just came in and really liked the experience.

‘I just wanted to listen to the staff and players and what they wanted me to do and tried to get on with that.’

Chong will hope regular playing time will help him one day follow in the path of Lingard’s footsteps.

After Birmingham, Lingard went on to have loan spells at Brighton and Derby before nailing a place in United’s midfield upon returning in 2015.

The following year he went on to win his first senior cap for England and after an impressive loan spell at West Ham last season, Lingard is hoping to become a…

Source : metro

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