Jesse turned down arch ri­vals to sign up for Reds

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JESSE Lin­gard has re­vealed he turned down in­ter­est from Liver­pool and City in or­der to sign for United.

The 26-year-old says a num­ber of teams were aim­ing to se­cure his sig­na­ture prior to join­ing the Reds.

Lin­gard signed for United at the age of nine and has gone on to win the FA Cup, Europa League and

League Cup dur­ing his time at Old Traf­ford – as well as well as 24 caps for the se­nior Eng­land na­tional team.

Things could have been much dif­fer­ent, how­ever, with Lin­gard re­veal­ing two of United’s big­gest ri­vals were in­ter­ested in sign­ing him.

“It was left down to me to pick a club and I felt United were best suited to me per­son­ally,” he told Manch­ester United’s of­fi­cial pod­cast.

“[Manch­ester] City, Liver­pool, Ever­ton and I think Crewe at the time [were in­ter­ested in me].

“I have a pic­ture in a United kit when I was one-year-old. When I was seven I had tri­als and signed when I was nine.” Lin­gard also com­men­tated on his cloth­ing brand, ‘JLingz’, and re­vealed fans would think he’s quite bor­ing if they knew what hap­pened after train­ing.

He added: “Peo­ple think I’m in­volved in ev­ery­thing but I don’t pack the [clothes] and send them on! If you came home with me, you’d just think I’m bor­ing. I just watch Net­flix all day.”

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