Manchester United’s Tahith Chong asked Jesse Lingard for advice before joining Birmingham on loan

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Manchester United winger Tahith Chong sought advice from Jesse Lingard before joining Birmingham City on a season-long loan this summer.

Chong spent the first half of last season on loan at Bundesliga Werder Bremen, before joining Club Brugge for the remainder of the campaign.

Before his last loan, the 21-year-old sought advice from Lingard who spent the 2013/14 season at St Andrews.

“Well, before I left, I told Jesse about it, just briefly, because he’s been here as well. Chong said Manchester United official website.

“So I talked to him and he explained the club a bit to me so I already had some sort of idea.

“It’s always different when you experience it yourself, but I have to say it’s been fantastic for me.

“Jesse just said about the fans – if you work hard on the pitch and all that stuff, the fans can help you through the games.”

Although Chong mainly plays on the wing, he has been used in more central positions this season and to good effect as he recorded two assists in 10 appearances for Lee Bowyer’s side.

The former Dutch youth international is keen to continue learning while adjusting to his new role.

He added: “So I’ve played a couple of different positions now. Obviously we play most games with five or three at the back, whatever way you look at it, and I’ve been mainly in the middle of the field.

“Probably on the left side of the midfield if we play three or four. On the left side or in position n ° 10.

“For me from a development perspective it’s been great. I’m learning new things every day and different positions require different things that you might need to do.

“These are things that maybe I should do to help the team and it has been a very good experience for me. As a player I can feel that I am developing different aspects of the game.”


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