JESSE LINGARD has revealed the three rules Manchester United players had to follow in order to look the part under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Nottingham Forest man spoke to Dragons Den star Steven Bartlett on his podcast Diary of a CEO about breaking into the United team.
Jesse Lingard made 232 appearances for Manchester United after making his debut in 2011
And Lingard revealed that it was drilled into players from a young age that they must follow three simple rules to keep the manager happy.
He said: “At [Manchester] United we’re brought up [being told] you’ve got to wear black boots, no gloves and no long bottoms in training.
“It’s just the basic things and you’re brought up with that.”
He elaborated: “It’s just values, it’s morals, it’s the way you’ve been brought up. United put that into us at an early age.”
Lingard has explained that Wayne Rooney was the man who would enforce the rules to him during his time with the club.
Recalling a game against CSKA Moscow where the former United striker insisted team-mates wouldn’t wear gloves despite below freezing temperatures.
Lingard left the Red Devils at the start of the season after over 10 years with the club, progressing through the youth ranks and going on five different loan moves.
The 30-year-old is now settled with newly-promoted Forest where he has become a part of Steve Cooper’s project with the midlands club.
The attacking midfielder is yet to register a goal or an assist for his new side in the league, but has two goals and two assists in just two games in the Carabao cup.
Lingard is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and not expected to return for his side’s clash with relegation rivals Bournemouth this weekend.
Forest are currently sat in 13th place, but are only five points off the relegation zone as the season passes the halfway point.
Lingard’s old outfit, United, are flying high since his departure and the arrival of new manager Erik ten Hag.
They sit in third place with a huge game against league leaders Arsenal on Sunday.