Why Jesse Lingard deserves a fair chance at Man Utd this season

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We need to talk about Jesse Lingard.

To his credit, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has slowly but surely moulded this Manchester United squad. The gaffer has cleared out some dead wood, made some stellar signings and brought a happy atmosphere back to Old Trafford.

He may not be the most experienced, nor tactically astute manager, but he’s been the perfect man for the job.

One of Solskjaer’s big dilemmas remains Jesse Lingard. The Englishman was out of favour last season, before heading to West Ham where he was amongst the best players in the country at one point.

It looked for all the world that Lingard would move away permanently. That didn’t materialise. Now, the attacker remains a Red Devil until at least January.

The £75k-a-week United star (Spotrac), deserves a fair shot in our opinion. Maybe Solskjaer actually wanted to keep him around and that’s why a transfer away never actually materialised.

He’s versatile

Being able to play in a variety of positions always helps your case when it comes to being given minutes. Lingard can play all across the midfield or out wide. Given United’s incredible depth, the Warrington-born-winger is someone who can dip in and out of the team when the situation fits.

He has Solskjaer’s trust

If Lingard wasn’t hit with a bout of Covid-19, he was due to start United’s Premier League opener against Leeds United. That alone tells you just how much Solskjaer believes in the attacker.

Having that belief from your manager is all-important. With games coming thick and fast this season across multiple competitions, Lingard will be given a fair crack at the whip.

Above all, he’s a quality player.

A Lingard in full flight is almost unstoppable. He was brilliant for West Ham. He’s constantly brilliant for England. Given a proper run in the side, Lingard could hit those dizzy heights once again.

Personally, I’d much rather give minutes to Lingard over, say, Anthony Martial at this point in time. Although it’ll be tough to maintain his place in the team, if he discovers his best form, then Solskjaer may have trouble dropping the Englishman.

Lingard knows this is his last chance

Mess this one up and he’s gone for good. There’s no more room for development. No more room for mistakes. Lingard’s time is now and if he doesn’t take that opportunity, then next season he’ll certainly be playing his football elsewhere on a permanent basis.

There’s nothing more dangerous than a man with a point to prove. I’m fully backing Lingard to do just that this season, silencing his doubters in the process.

How can you not like Jesse? He’s a bloke who just loves his football. He loves this club like you and me. Hopefully, it all works out for him at the Theatre of Dreams – because it made me sad watching him bang in the goals for another club last term.

Can Jesse Lingard make an impact at Man United this season? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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