Jesse Lingard has revealed Louis van Gaal advised him not to go out on loan for the 2015/16 season as the Dutchman wanted the winger to stay at Manchester United. He was linked to leave Old Trafford for another loan spell after playing a role in the pre-season.
The 22-year-old made his debut against Swansea City in the first match of the last season. However, a knee injury against the Welsh club cut short his time on the pitch as he spent the most part of the 2014/15 season on the sidelines.
Lingard made his second appearance for United when he came as a second half substitute, replacing Juan Mata in United's 3-0 victory over Everton. The attacker has set his sights on showcasing his display on the pitch as he is out to repay the faith shown in him by the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager.
"The manager told me he wanted me to stay [at the start of the season] and could see me playing games this season. I think Saturday won't do me any harm. He trusts me and I have to pay him back by playing well," Lingard told United's official website.
Van Gaal handed the captain's armband to Wayne Rooney after he took the reins at Old Trafford. Lingard explained the England international's role in helping youngsters settle down at the club and has set his sights on following the former Everton striker.
"He might not seem it but he's a bubbly character. He goes to each group like the foreigners and youngsters and has chats with everybody and tries to help everyone," the winger explained.
"He's a world-class player. We see it in training every day. He's got goals – he's always got goals. He's the captain and he leads the team. He sets a great example and I follow him.
"I see him as a friend now. I've been around him most years coming through the ranks. When I was in the Under-18s I started mixing with the first team and I saw him about. Even then he still helped me along the way as he does now.
"We have lots of quality players but he's scored a lot of goals for the club and has helped Manchester United get where we are today."