Manchester United legend praises 'unique' Jesse Lingard

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Michael Carrick has labelled Jesse Lingard “unique” and praised his work ethic to establish himself at the highest level. 

Lingard has always been highly rated at Old Trafford, with his potential spotted early as he made his way through a famed academy system.

The 25-year-old was forced to be patient however and it was only under Louis van Gaal in 2015-16 that he was given regular opportunities.

“I think his movement is excellent,” Carrick told the club’s official website. “It’s something that sounds quite simple, but it’s difficult to defend against.

“He senses where the space is and how to use it. I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s a dribbler with skills and tricks but he’s dynamic.

“How he plays, he is unique in some ways. You don’t see so much of that now as everyone wants to get on the ball. Off the ball, he’s very effective.

“He must have been 15 and I was seeing this tiny little kid running around. You could see then the ability he had – his movement, awareness and all that sort of stuff.”