Jesse Lingard: I proved myself against Yaya Toure

Jesse Lingard enjoyed his central role in the Manchester derby on Sunday. 

The Red Devils beat crosstown rivals City 1-0 at the Etihad stadium and Lingard featured in the No10 position. 

“It was the manager’s idea to play me centrally. There is a lot of space to exploit behind Yaya and Fernandinho and we had to use that well,” he said.

“I used to like playing number ten when I was younger but as I developed I had to stay on the wing because it is physical in the middle. But I have come into my own now and I can handle it in there now.

“It wasn’t a confidence thing for me it was a physical thing. I knew growing up I had to play out on the wing because you don’t want to be missing out on the battles in the middle.”

“There are a lot of big lads in there you play against but now I am used to it and I am battling back.”

“Playing against someone like Yaya Toure, a bigger and better opponent, is a test and I was pleased.”

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