Jesse Lingard says that Sir Alex Ferguson “guessed right” about his development at Manchester United.
Lingard has enjoyed the best season of his career thus far, scoring 11 goals and assisting five in 27 games.
It has taken the forward until he was 25 to realise his potential, which Ferguson famously predicted in 2012.
Lingard says he put “trust” in the Scot, and is now reaping the rewards.
“Me and my dad put that trust in him [Ferguson] to say that,” Lingard told Sky Sports News. “It’s obviously worked. He guessed right.
“I think it’s my time now. I knew we had to step up and kind of take charge. That’s what I’ve done.
“The goals have come, which has given me confidence. Each game I just want to score now, that’s my main objective.
“The first few seasons I was just getting used to the Premier League, I just wanted to play football,” he said.
“This season I’ve come in with objectives, a different mindset to get goals and assists. When you score a goal it boosts yourself and the team as well.”