As one of the senior players on the trip, the 26-year-old is relishing the added responsibility of leading the team out
Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard will wear the armband for the first time in Thursdayâs Europa League tie against Astana.
As one of the senior players on the trip, the 26-year-old is relishing the added responsibility of leading the team out.
The England international says it is an honour to be captaining his boyhood club for the first time.
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Speaking to MUTV at the Astana Arena ahead of the teamâs open training session, Lingard said: “Itâs a massive honour
“I said at the start of the season Iâd like to be more of a leader type of person, on and off the field. You know, being one of the most senior players in the squad
“Now is the perfect time to show that.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added on MUTV: “Jesse will be captain. He’s a really good character in this group. He’s had his challenges over the last few months but he’s coming back into his own now.”
Lingard is close to the youngsters desperate to show their qualities in the Europa League Group L tie in Kazakhstan
Manager Solskjaer has confirmed DiâShon Bernard, Ethan Laird and Dylan Levitt will start and make their debuts
“I know them inside out and they train with us, pretty much every day,” Jesse added. “You see the talent every day and hopefully they can show it out there.”
Winning the game is important to Lingard, even though the Reds have already qualified for the knockout stages
“I know weâve pretty much qualified but, for the mentality, we know we need to win the game,” he said. “Thatâs how weâre going to prepare for it. Iâve been around a lot of the youngsters and youâve got to lead the way, set an example and be a role model and Iâll try to do that.”