Jesse Lingard will stay at Manchester United this summer, after failing to secure a move away from the club.
Lingard fell out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season after disappointing performances on the pitch. The 28-year-old was loaned out for the second half of the season to West Ham United. He scored 9 goals and provided 5 assists in 16 appearances, helping West Ham finish sixth in the Premier League and securing Europa League football. Lingard’s red-hot form means that he’s back in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans this term.
Did Lingard make the right decision by staying at United?
The United boss has suggested that Lingard will ‘play a big part’ for the club this season. But, former United defender Gary Neville is not convinced. He believes that Lingard needed to move permanently away from the club to further his career.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Neville said “I’m disappointed for Jesse Lingard that he’s not left Manchester United. He’ll get a few games, he’ll get moments on the pitch, he’ll contribute, but I think he had something going at West Ham last year that meant Jesse Lingard in his own right was standing up as a really good player.”
“To go back to being a squad player again I think, for me, is disappointing. I think you sometimes have to sort of fly the nest and go. I thought he’d already done that with what he did last year.”
“So I think there’s two or three players that won’t get a lot of game time this year that could have joined Daniel James, really furthered their careers and got more football”.
Moreover, Lingard has revealed that his loan spell at West Ham was like ‘hitting the refresh button’. The midfielder was frozen out at Manchester United, but he vows to find top level consistency with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to give him another chance.
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