Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard reveals that Wayne Rooney is an example for United's players, and that he tries to help everyone in the squad.
Lingard played his first game of the season against Everton over the weekend, coming on as a substitute in the second half.
Lingard describes him as a world-class player who is a role model for him. "He might not seem it but he’s a bubbly character," the 22-year-old told reporters. "He goes to each group like the foreigners and youngsters and has chats with everybody and tries to help everyone.
"He’s a world-class player. We see it in training every day. He’s got goals – he’s always got
goals. He’s the captain and he leads the team. He sets a great example and I follow him.
"I see him as a friend now. I’ve been around him most years coming through the ranks. When I was in the Under-18s I started mixing with the first team and I saw him about. Even then he still helped me along the way as he does now.
"We have lots of quality players but he’s scored a lot of goals for the club and has helped Manchester United get where we are today."
He also revealed that manager Louis van Gaal told him to remain at United.
"The manager told me he wanted me to stay [at the start of the season] and could see me playing games this season. I think Saturday won’t do me any harm," Lingard added. "He trusts me and I have to pay him back by playing well."