Lingard has had been on a terrible run of form, without a goal or an assist in this calendar year.
Meulensteen, who coached the 26-year-old in the academy for six years, has revealed how he used Iniesta as inspiration for Lingard.
“They were eight or nine years of age then.
“When you work with them young, you see their characteristic traits.
“Jesse was full of beans and tactically very good but he was always small and tiny.
“As he grew older, I said to him you need to look as much as you can towards Iniesta.
“That’s the sort of player you are, coming in through the gaps and getting on the front foot.”
The Dutchman admitted Lingard’s recent performances do not reflect the quality of the player he coached in the United academy.
Meulensteen added: “At the moment he still finds the gaps.
“But there’s no cutting edge in terms of running at people and getting behind.
“He had a spell two years when he scoring a number of goals.
“For some reason, it’s faded away.”