Manchester United have put Jesse Lingard up for sale according to The Guardian. The playmaker has struggled for form for over two years and has not been able to hold down a regular place in the starting line-up since 2018.
The arrival of Bruno Fernandes and the emergence of Mason Greenwood have seen Lingard slide down the pecking order and the expected arrival of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish means that first-team chances for the 27-year-old will become even more limited.
The 27-year-old has struggled mightily this season, admitting recently that he has been distracted by off-field family matters.
The academy graduate has made a little progress of late, scoring his first Premier League goal since December 2018 when Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel gifted him the ball in injury time last Sunday and netting his second Europa League goal of the season on Wednesday against Lask at Old Trafford.
Despite his goal, however, Lingard was hauled off after 63 minutes of that game with Paul Pogba replacing him and looked close to tears in the stand as the substitution suggested it was too little, too late to impress manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
‘Although Solskjær is an admirer of Lingard, having coached him as a youth player at United, the 27-year-old is deemed to be surplus to requirements,’ The Guardian claims.
Paul Scholes has criticized Jesse Lingard after Wednesday’s Europa League win over LASK, saying the Manchester United midfielder has not been good enough recently.
His contract expires in the summer of 2021, but the club has an option to extend by another year with Solksjaer open to a sale should the right bid be lodged. Newcastle United, Roma, and Borussia Monchengladbach have been linked with the United academy graduate.