Lingard’s progression has not been as dramatic his team-mate’s, but now looks like an established first-team regular.
After loan spells at Leicester and Birmingham, the Warrington-born midfielder made his debut in boss Van Gaal’s first Premier League game in 2014 before it was cut short by a first-half injury.
That was followed by another loan spell, at Derby, and he added: “I knew when I came back from Derby that this was pretty much a make or break season for me.
“I had to wait three months to come on against Everton and have played ever since.
“Sir Alex Ferguson made a statement about me coming good at 23 and it has obviously happened.”