The ONLY question surrounding the Jesse Lingard case is which statement sounds more damning.
Rio Ferdinand pummeled into the debate that then Manchester United decided claim Newcastle United for a potential sum of £15.5m loan him.
Former Old Trafford defensive king says it’s ‘crazy’ Lingard Currently in limbo until his contract expires this summer – and it’s his fault.
Rio threw punches on the subject, claiming: “I wouldn’t be happy if I were a player.
“It’s almost like he’s wasted a whole year of his career, a whole season of his career has been wasted.
“He hardly played any games, did not participate.
“Jesse Lingard has come to West Ham and played fantastic.
“Everybody wanted to take him out maybe the top four… and then he went back to Man United and didn’t play.
“I just feel flustered that he went back to first place after getting that taste of success, the taste of playing weekly.
“Or he was promised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he will have more game time. I do not know what it is “.
Speaking on his YouTube channel YEAR, one of the great defenders of his generation who made up 455 United added: “He was never going to play the game. It’s just crazy.”
Solskjaer’s successor Ralf Rangnickmeanwhile, did not mention Lingard by name when explaining why he could continue to use a player even when he is in the final months of his contract.
For the German, it all depends on attitude – that’s why he will still use his talent. Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman can, of course, be much more influential as he runs slower than the clock and his and Lingard’s talents are unmatched.
But there is a reason why Pogba is still welcome while Lingard is not, as pointed out by Rangnick, who has stated: “For me, it is not a question if a player is out of contract.
“The question is how much does he still want to be a part of this group?
“How much does he still feel mentally and physically on the train?”
Rangnick points out that the final months of the season have, if nothing else, allowed Pogba to showcase his talents to interested parties.
Therefore, the same argument should apply to Lingard.
Except the attacker knows he’s not really wanted and so why would he feel physically and emotionally on board?
Before leaving West Ham, he was only started by Solskjaer in two matches last season – in a 3-0 EFL Cup win over Luton and a 1-0 win in the FA Cup third round against Watford.
Over the course of this campaign, he’s played a total of 89 minutes of Prem, all as extras in more than nine games, and just one of those minutes was at Rangnick’s hands after Baby-Faced Assassin was hit.
However, when starting it Gareth Southgate see fit to bring him three more caps – against Andorra twice and Hungary
United, it is said, are making an example of him – showing other frustrated players that they will not be disturbed by people running down their contract days while waiting for the big signing – about the fee to join new clubs when they become free agents.
However, Lingard has been at the club since he was seven years old and deserves better treatment than confinement.
It so happens that his breakthrough season comes two years after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement – with the departures of Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer and now Rangnick among those trying. trying to fill the void left by the great Scotsman.
Cue United’s frequent approach to bringing in new signings with mature players like Lingard has become the side-damage of an approach that barely touches the barn door.
Little wonder he has become disillusioned and even bitter.
True, he could ask for an immediate transfer and Ferdinand suggested that he should do exactly that.
However, he has started the season in hope, with those three caps, after being told by Solskjaer that a loan transfer has put him back in the frame.
Instead, thanks to the arrival of £73m-worth Jadon Sancho and the epic comeback of Cristiano Ronaldo, he finds himself marginalized again.
Surely part of this is his fault. He could and should have done more to become a great player.
Questions were asked separately about his focus and indeed his attitude.
But if that was the case and there were doubts about him then he should have been sold.
And he should have been on loan last month too but Old Trafford’s hierarchy has tried a skeptical approach to Newcastle’s wildly wealthy new owners.
But even the Saudis, with all the football money in the world, wouldn’t be seen as fools.
And so Lingard sat and waited while his club felt good about themselves for trying to get value for him.
Had they not been so greedy with the £30m bid for West Ham last summer, they would have gotten a pretty decent price.
Meanwhile, Pogba will be the main kick.
But then again, they want the Frenchman to stay because winning the World Cup is a means to an end.
He can help United into the top four, aid the Champions League process and – forgive skepticism – have a huge say in the German’s appointment as permanent head coach.
Ferdinand may point the finger at his former team-mate but his former club are equally to blame.
And if Lingard doesn’t think he’s a victim of a double standard, he should be.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17537151/manchester-united-jesse-lingard-transfer-rangnick/ Jesse Lingard deserves better treatment at Man Utd.. look how many chances Paul Pogba has to impress