Jesse Lingard’s future at Manchester United is far from secure with Ralph Rangnick believed to be open to leaving the England internationals.
Lingard had a superb loan spell at West Ham last season and the club have made no secret of their desire for him to return to east London. That interest remains, despite Manchester United’s reluctance to bolster a direct top-four rival.
The England international is in high demand, Newcastle United were close to agreeing a deal for the 29-year-old but haven’t finalized a move due to Manchester United’s prices for the new wealthy club. As a result, Leicester, Everton and Aston Villa are all considering a move, while it is understood that Spurs, like West Ham, have had their loan approach rejected.
With Lingard in demand, former Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes a departure from Old Trafford is essential if the England international is to avoid wasting the early years of his career – just as team-mate Anthony Martial has done after accepting a short-term contract. deal with Seville.
“[Anthony] Martial had to [leave] for himself if he was proud of himself. Lingard must do the exact same thing. It’s a total mess what he’s doing now,” Parker told BetfredTV.
“He has to blame himself because after going to West Ham – and I live in the West Ham area – they absolutely adored him for what he did for this club. David Moyes did really good job and when he signed Jesse it gave them a bit more he did so many things him being a Man United player the way they took him was amazing because there were a few -some who expected him to be a “big Charlie” and walk around.He gave them their all.
Lingard was told he would be in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans at the start of the season, but following the signings of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, the former Hammer fell lower in the pecking order. With the recent emergence of Anthony Elanga into the first-team picture, Lingard sees even less time under Solskjaer’s replacement Rangnick, and Parker believes last summer was the right time for Lingard to step up. stop at Old Trafford.
“[After the loan move] It was time for him to say: ‘I really had fun there, I need to play football regularly’. And he never said that. He was happier returning to Manchester United.
“The next thing you see, he’s coming back to Manchester United and having the picture taken for Instagram with Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s not the right thing to do.”