Jesse Lingard was named a starter against LASK last night, with the Englishman scoring a goal, too. However, Paul Scholes remains unconvinced.
The Englishman has actually found the net in back-to-back games, though they are his only two goal contributions this season. We have to be honest with ourselves, Lingard hasn’t been good this term.
Sure, Lingard has showcased his skills in the past, though football is a results-business. Right now, he isn’t producing the goods and the fans are coming down pretty hard on him…
Apparently, the Red Devils won’t stand in Lingard’s way if the right offer comes in, which makes sense given what’s happened over the last twelve months or so.
Now, Paul Scholes has weighed in on the debate – and he’s gone as far as stating that the 27-year-old United star isn’t a starting player for any team with major trophy aspirations…
“I’m not totally sure [on Lingard]. I do think when he’s playing well he has something to offer,” Scholes said live on BT Sport, per the Daily Mirror.
“Lately he hasn’t been good enough really. Is he a starting XI player if you’re going to go on to win the league and the big trophies at Man United? I’m not sure he is. I know he scored in the last couple of games.”
I think those comments are fair, and perhaps Lingard himself knows that his time is up. Why else would he hire Mino Raiola as an agent unless he’s trying to manufacture a move away?
It’s a massive shame because not too long ago, Lingard was amongst our top performers under Jose Mourinho. He just hasn’t kicked on from there, and I know he’s got an awful lot going on in his personal life right now – which understandably has to be his number one priority.
Maybe a career restart elsewhere is exactly what Lingard needs. He’ll always be remembered fondly by us at Old Trafford, though…
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