Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard has responded to his new ‘Lionel Jesse’ moniker.
Lingard is enjoying the finest season of his career, and already has 11 goals and five assists in 28 appearances for United.
His upturn in form has earned him a new nickname among United fans.
But Lingard has quite obviously played down comparisons with Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
“Messi’s regarded as one of the best players in the world, so it’s always good for your confidence but I’m my own player and as long as I can help my team, that’s all that matters,” he told the Premier League website.
“I’ve realised it’s my time now, and I have to really step up.
“It’s been a long time coming. I said at the start of the season I have my own objective, my own target in mind with goals and stuff and I’m on the right path at the moment and if I can keep going I’ll hopefully hit that.”