Jesse Lingard achieved a boyhood dream on Saturday as he started alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

Both players were on the scoresheet as United beat Newcastle 4-1, with Ronaldo grabbing a brace.

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Lingard was just a kid in the academy when Ronaldo was first at Manchester United.

After the game Lingard shared images of the pair meeting several years ago, and then from Saturday’s game, showing that dreams can come true.

Lingard’s inspirational message will give hope to many of Uniter’s youngsters. Some of them have been training alongside Ronaldo this week.

One player who saw an unlikely Manchester United dream come true was Odion Ighalo, who responded to Lingard’s message.

 

Former United youngster Demetri Mitchell also acknowledged the message, as did Arsenal and England prospect Bukayo Saka.

Right decision to stay?

Many questioned Jesse Lingard’s decision to stay at Manchester United instead of leave to play regular football elsewhere.

His decision may be justified if he can play an important part of this potentially successful United team.

He will probably feel it is worth it already, to be training with and playing alongside Ronaldo.

Lingard’s future is in his own hands as his contract expires next summer. If his spell at United continues like this, then he will be looking to stick around.

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