Former coach labels Man Utd star ‘the English Iniesta’

Date published: Friday 26th January 2018 9:25 - Oli Fisher

Former coach Rene Meulensteen has labelled one current Manchester United midfielder as ‘the English Andres Iniesta’.

United star Jesse Lingard has enjoyed somewhat of a breakthrough season thus far, scoring 11 goals and bettering his tally from any other season already.

Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho has previously lumped praise on the England international: “He understands better the game, the different spaces, the different positions.

“He is going in a good direction,” said the United boss.

Now, former United coach Meulensteen has echoed the words of Mourinho, claiming that the 24-year-old shares many characteristics with one Barcelona legend.

“I saw so many similarities in their games, and I always believed that Jesse was the English Andres Iniesta,” the Dutch coach told Bleacher Report.

“Like Iniesta, he finds these pockets of space, he is always on the move and has very good feet. The only thing missing until recently was goals, but now Jesse is scoring important goals too.”


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