The youngster made a positive impression in their 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.
"I look at Tom Cleverley and what he has achieved, becoming part of the United first team, and he had his first loan move to Leicester," Lingard told the Leicester Mercury. "He stepped up and it would be good to follow in his footsteps.
"He is someone to look up to because, when he was younger, he was one of the small guys, like me. He didn't get much playing time in the youth team but he went out on loan, stuck at it and worked hard, and that is what I want to do."