Lingard opens up on impact of training with Ronaldo every day at Man Utd

Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard has revealed that he's learning all the time just by being around the 'brilliant' Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese icon completed an emotional return to Old Trafford this summer – 12 years after leaving the club.

Lingard also returned to Manchester this summer after a sizzling loan spell with Premier League rivals West Ham United.

The 28-year-old's tally of nine goals in 16 league games was his best-ever return in senior football and helped him muscle his way back into Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Although he missed the cut for the Euro 2020 squad, Lingard impressed in the most recent round of international fixtures in September – including bagging a brace in the 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Andorra.

His career renaissance has also seen him fight his way back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans at Old Trafford.

His return to Manchester coincided with Ronaldo's, and Lingard admits that he's benefitting just from being around the ex-Juventus star.

"He's been brilliant," Lingard told Sky Sports.

"He's brought so much to the team. The leadership factor, he wants to win in training, he wants to win in games and he wants to win trophies, which is the main thing. He's great to be around to watch what he does.

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"You can learn so many things from him. He's one of the best players in the world. To have him back home is perfect for us at the moment.

"He's really humble. He's a positive person. To be learning different things off the field as well as on it has been really good. I think he can really help out the team this season."

Lingard was expected to seek a move away from Old Trafford this summer after returning to a squad with a bloated rank of attackers.

West Ham were certainly keen on a permanent reunion with their former loan star.

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But Lingard was determined to fight for his United career and has two goals in his three Premier League appearances so far this term – albeit all from the bench.

Lingard is competing with England team-mate Jadon Sancho for a spot in United's frontline.

And Lingard has backed the £73million summer signing from Borussia Dortmund to come good after a slow start to life at Old Trafford.

"I think it's going to take some time to adapt," said the United ace when discussing Sancho.

"Jadon's been around long enough, he knows football inside out and the PL can be tough. He's adapting. We've seen glimpses. He's only going to get better. We have full confidence and hope in Jadon to succeed."

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