Jesse Lingard “has got the same level of ability” as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to Paul Scholes.
Lingard was the star as Manchester United battled to a 4-2 victory over Watford on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old has started just seven games this season in all competitions, but scored one goal and assisted another when given the nod against Watford.
Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, has fallen out of favour after a string of underwhelming performances.
“Maybe they [his teammates] don’t trust him [Lingard] enough,” Scholes told BT Sport.
“He’s not the big name of a Mkhitaryan or somebody like that. He’s got that ability. He’s got the same level of ability as Mkhitaryan.
“He can score goals, he can make goals. What’s his best position?
“He has to establish himself now, he has to be more consistent, he has to produce more performances like that to make him a real first team player.
“I don’t think he’s ever gone on from that bit-part player yet – now he needs to.”