'He's like a young Sir Alex' - Manchester United youngster Lingard excited by Moyes

The 20-year-old sees a lot of potential in the new boss, but wants to remain grounded regarding his own chances of success at Old Trafford despite scoring three goals in two games
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 Sir Alex'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.

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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 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."