Neville says Lingard should have left Man United to get game time

‘He should be playing 40 to 45 games a season’: Gary Neville doubles down on his claim that Jesse Lingard should have left Manchester United this summer after midfielder’s late winner at West Ham

  • Jesse Lingard scored a late winner for Manchester United against West Ham
  • It came after he made a costly mistake during the game against Young Boys 
  • Lingard has not started a game after a successful loan spell last season
  • Gary Neville believes Lingard should have left the Red Devils during the summer  

Gary Neville has reiterated that Jesse Lingard should have left Manchester United in the summer to boost his chances of regular game time.

Lingard came off the bench on Sunday to score a late winner against West Ham where he spent the second half of last season on loan.

The 28-year-old though has yet to start a game for the Red Devils this season, playing just 63 minutes across four games in all competitions. 

Gary Neville believes Jesse Lingard (centre) should have left the club to get regular game time 

The Sky Sports pundit said on the Gary Neville podcast that Lingard ‘could be a better team’ with the attacking midfielder in it, though it would have been better for the player if he had moved elsewhere.

He said during the podcast on Sky Sports: ‘I still maintain he should’ve left but he will have his moments.

‘I was happy to see how he bounced back after what happened in Europe in midweek.

‘To bounce back and score the winner is a fantastic moment for him. He’s got good character, he’s a very good player and I feel he should be playing 40-45 games a season.

Lingard scored a late winner for Manchester United against former side West Ham on Sunday

Gary Neville said United will benefit from having Lingard though he won’t get much game-time

‘He won’t get that at United in terms of 90-minute starts but he’s one of those players that I do feel United will benefit from having. 

‘I just thought for Jesse himself, he should’ve left. United could be a better team with someone like Lingard in it.’

His goal against West Ham made up for a costly error during their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Young Boys where a poor backpass allowed the Swiss team to score a winner during stoppage time. 

Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Hammers last season where he was a regular starter and scored nine goals in 16 appearances.

The playmaker seemed content to stay at Old Trafford this season though despite links of a permanent exit before the summer transfer window closed at the end of August.

His goal against West Ham came after he made a costly mistake in the Champions League

With United adding Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho to an already stacked forward line with plenty of options also in midfield, chances to start games could come few and far between for Lingard at Old Trafford.

Lingard though was praised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his late winner which followed his struggles in Switzerland.

He said: ‘You have to learn to live with the highs and the lows.  He said sorry after Tuesday and everyone said that’s not necessary. He came on and was brilliant. 

‘It was a great goal. I’m so happy for Jesse. Of course, he had a tough evening on Tuesday, but he’s knuckled down and has worked hard again. 

‘He’s been the same bright, positive lad, and what a goal. So happy for him. It was a great pass from Nemanja [Matic] and a good turn by Jesse.’

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