'Moyes is like a young Fergie' - Man Utd starlet Lingard

The 20-year-old, who praised the new boss, wants to remain grounded regarding his own chances of success at Old Trafford despite shining in pre-season
By Sean Carroll in Yokohama

Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard believes new manager David Moyes "is like a young Sir Alex Ferguson".

Moyes was announced as Ferguson's successor in May and officially took the reins on July 1 before guiding the club on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.

And Lingard, who scored in Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to Yokohama F Marinos, believes the new manager is a like-for-like replacement.

"He's good, he's like a young Sir Alex really," he told reporters. "He's going to learn and get better obviously, he wants to win trophies."

Lingard has now scored three goals in two pre-season matches, leading Moyes to suggest that the 20-year-old is on the verge of the United first team, but the player himself is keen to remain grounded.

"I've got to keep playing well, getting my name on the scoresheet and keep playing in the rest of the games," he added.

Ryan Giggs also admitted that things are starting to take shape under Moyes' stewardship.

"It's something new for the players," he added. "The players are getting used to the manager, the manager is getting used to the players.

"We've only been together for maybe three weeks, but we're enjoying it, we're enjoying the tour so far and looking forward to the start of the season."

Elsewhere, Moyes has confirmed that he has a couple of injury doubts ahead of Friday's friendly against Cerezo Osaka, but insists Chelsea target Wayne Rooney is on course to return from his hamstring injury on time.

"As far as we know, [Wayne's] coming on," he added. "He's started light jogging and the feedback we're getting from the physios is that he's progressing. We've said and the club have said he's not for sale. That's not changed.

"We've got a couple of wee worries," he went on to tell MUTV. "Robin felt his thigh in the first half and we didn't want to take any chances.

"Danny Welbeck felt his groin when he came on and we've got to make sure they're all okay, especially with so many games coming up. We've still got a few games to play before the season starts when we get back home."

Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick both sat out the match on Tuesday, but Moyes is not overly concerned.

"With Rio, we just decided to give him a rest," he continued. "I wanted to get Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling a game so we rested Rio. Michael felt his groin. It's a bit tight from last night. It's not anything we can see keeping him out. He just missed training and the game tonight."