Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard has revealed he snubbed Liverpool for a chance to play for United.
It’s been a beautiful season for Lingard, who got his first goal for United and topped it all off with a call up to the England squad.
It might have been a different story entirely, had Lingard opted to sign for the other Reds in England, Liverpool.
“I was at a local club Penketh United and Mike Glennie, a Manchester United scout, came to watch me,” he explained in an interview with United’s official website.
“He spoke to my grandad and offered me trials but there was also interest from Liverpool and I had to pick — I was only young but obviously my heart was with United at the time.”
Lingard was just seven when he joined the club and he talked about the “incredible” experience of progressing all the way through to the first team, where he now regularly lines up with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.
“I think it’s just been an incredible experience, coming through from the Under-7s to where I am now and what I’ve achieved already,” he continued.
“It’s been incredible and I can’t thank the United staff enough. They could have let me go because of my height and I would now be playing somewhere else but they stuck with me.
“They saw my ability and I’m thankful for that.”