It has been reported that former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen is delighted for Jesse Lingard over his emergence this season.
Lingard has impressed fans since his first appearance of the season at Everton in October, scoring an excellent goal against West Bromwich Albion and collecting his maiden England call-up during the recent international break.
“He’s bright, he’s left-footed, he’s got great ability and skill,” Meulensteen told manutd.com.
“I always said to him: ‘Watch as many Andres Iniesta clips as you can’, because I see Jesse as the English version of Iniesta. He has a long way to go, but that is the sort of player I see in him.
“People say he’s small because of the perception of how the Premier League is. Look at players like Andreas Iniesta, Xavi, Lionel Messi, David Silva, Juan Mata… they’re all tiny, but it doesn’t make a difference if you have a quick brain, quick feet and a big heart, and Jesse has all of those.”