Rio Ferdinand insists he always believed in Jesse Lingard. Just like Sir Alex Ferguson
- Rio hints Jesse used to be a reticent boy
- It changed when he started making an impact
Rio recalled for BBC: ''I knew from that early age that Jesse was always going to be good enough, it was just a question of when. He was lucky he was at a club like United, who had a vision for him - they saw his pathway and trusted in that.
''Sir Alex Ferguson saw something in him and he has been proved right, but it took time for that to happen because, physically, Jesse was always behind.''
''He has always made those forward runs of his, but even earlier this season - before he started scoring a burst of goals - none of the United players were finding him. I saw him around that time and I was asking him: 'Why aren't they giving you the ball?'
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''I told him I'd been watching him play and he was getting between the opposition lines but his team-mates were turning away and playing to someone else. That has changed, probably as a result of Jesse producing moments in games that earns that trust, but I am sure it is also down to him saying: 'Oi - give me the ball.'
''Around the training ground and dressing room he was always lively - but on the pitch he could be quiet when he was young. Scholesy [Paul Scholes] was quiet too but you would hear him say "yeah" when he wanted the ball in a game, which was a little trigger that would let you know he was on.''
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