Five years is a long time in the unpredictable landscape of football.
For example five years ago Harry Kane hadn’t played a league game for Spurs.
Which all makes Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments about Jesse Lingard back in 2012 the more impressive.
Fergie told the Manchester Evening News: “Jesse Lingard is going to be some player.
“He is 19, came through our youth system and is built like Jean Tigana was for France.
“He will become a player when he’s 22 or so. As an attacking midfielder he has got a really good talent. I think he will be a player we have high hopes for, definitely.”
Okay, so Ferguson was a couple of years late in his prediction.
But at the age of 25 Lingard is having his best season in a United shirt.
He’s outscoring Dele Alli, Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen, Kevin De Bruyne, Sadio Mane and Leroy Sane in the league despite playing less minutes.
The seven league goals Lingard has scored is already his highest tally from a season while he’s only seven appearances off his most games for United in a league campaign.
He’s coming to the boil at the right time, especially with a World Cup on the horizon.
None of this will come as a surprise to Fergie though. Any chance you can tell us next week’s winning lottery numbers?
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