Lingard reveals Liverpool snub

Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard has revealed that he had the chance to join Liverpool before making the decision to join the Red Devils as a youngster.

The 22-year-old has risen to prominence this season after being handed the chance to impress, with his eye-catching performances keeping summer signing Memphis Depay on the substitutes bench.

It could have been a very different story, though, if Lingard had opted to shun the interest of the Red Devils in favour of a move to Liverpool.

However, Lingard insists his "heart was with United at the time", meaning it was an easy choice for him to make.

"I was at a local club Penketh United and Mike Glennie, a Manchester United scout, came to watch me," told Manchester United's official website.

"He spoke to my grandad and offered me trials but there was also interest from Liverpool and I had to pick – I was only young but obviously my heart was with United at the time."

He added: "I think it's just been an incredible experience, coming through from the Under-7s to where I am now and what I've achieved already.

"It's been incredible and I can't thank the United staff enough. They could have let me go because of my height and I would now be playing somewhere else but they stuck with me.

"They saw my ability and I'm thankful for that."