Jesse Lingard has come through the ranks of the United academy to become a first team player for one of the biggest if not the largest football club in the world. He and his best friend Marcus Rashford came through the United youth system together and has done well for us since they graduated to the senior team. However in two consecutive seasons Lingard’s good form has deserted him.
Last season and this season not only he has struggled to score goals, but the midfielder just looks like he’s going through the motions whenever he’s on the field for Manchester United. Not only does he lack confidence, but he seems to have no desire, determination or show any effort in his performances to overcome his poor form.
It was baffling that boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued to keep the faith in him from last season and even well into this season before the coronavirus pandemic struck the world that caused the football leagues to come to a halt. Lingard would start consistently in matches and his form never improved. In fact it just regressed, and he was getting opportunities to start in games that could’ve maybe gone to another player or players instead.
Since Bruno Fernandes has arrived at Old Trafford along with a Nemanja Matic’s resurgence in form we’ve seen a lot less of Jesse Lingard. There has been rumours that he’s been going through some personal issues in his life and that has affected his form at United. I don’t know what is the nature of his personal problems, but he needs to rescue himself from being totally left off the team.
When you also consider the fact that Paul Pogba is back and now has formed a formidable partnership with Fernandes, Lingard may see himself being sold by United at the end of this season. I don’t see how he can get back into the side with Pogba, Matic, and Fernandes playing extremely well.
Unless all three or two out these three players gets injured then maybe you’ll see him back in the fold. There hasn’t been any talk of Jesse Lingard being sold by United so far, but it could happen because we don’t need him right now or in the near future. You also have Andreas Pereira, Fred and Scott McTominay that have also been in fine form.
I like Lingard personally, but whenever he does have a few chances to prove himself, he needs to make sure that he takes advantage of the opportunities if he has any chance of remaining a United player beyond this season.
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