Jesse Lingard recalls the extraordinary talent this Man United midfielder showed during their U18s days

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Manchester United player, Jesse Lingard has opened up on how talented Paul Pogba was during their time together at the U-18s.

Speaking during an appearance in a soon-to-be-aired UTD podcast, the versatile Englishman said: “I have been with him since the Under-18s and you could see the talent that he possessed at such a young age.

“Even then he was big, he was strong and when he was on the ball, although he sometimes made mistakes, you could tell the talent that he possessed. Week in, week out, in training and in games, there were things that he brought to the team, like the confidence.

“Even off the pitch it gave everyone confidence and he’s carried that on now. Obviously he’s won the World Cup as well so that’s a cherry on top.”

Pogba and Lingard have been close friends since their time in the United U-18s. Both players won the FA Youth Cup in 2011, and currently share the same agent in Mino Raiola.