Gary Neville admits he is ‘disappointed’ that Jesse Lingard hasn’t left Man United after showing he was ‘a really good player’ at West Ham…
- Jesse Lingard was loaned to West Ham last January
- The 28-year-old enjoyed his loan spell, scoring nine goals and four assists
- The England international has now been re-integrated into Man United’s squad
- But former Red Devil Gary Neville believes Lingard made the wrong decision
- He fears he will be a fringe player after Sancho and Ronaldo signings
Gary Neville is ‘disappointed’ that Jesse Lingard has not been able to make a transfer to Manchester United this summer, as the former Red Devil believes the midfielder ‘had something going on’ at West Ham.
The 28-year-old England star fell out of favor with United and was loaned out to the Hammers last season, where he received numerous praise for his performances.
Lingard reveled in his spell at the London Stadium, scoring nine goals and providing four assists in 16 appearances after arriving in January.
Gary Neville has said he is ‘disappointed’ that Jesse Lingard (left) didn’t move to West Ham
The 28-year-old enjoyed his spell at the London Stadium, scoring nine goals since January
Following the completion of his loan, Lingard has now been re-integrated into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s roster, despite West Ham’s eagerness to make the deal permanent in the summer.
But Neville isn’t convinced this was the right choice, as he believes Lingard, along with a handful of other fringe players, should have left Old Trafford for good to continue his career.
“I actually thought there were still a few players at Manchester United” [would have left]. I am disappointed for Jesse Lingard that he has not left Manchester United,” he told Sky Sports.
“He’ll get a few games, he’ll get moments on the pitch, he’ll contribute, but I think he had something at West Ham last year that meant Jesse Lingard stood alone as a really good player.
Lingard fell out of favor with Manchester United but is now back in the squad
Neville claimed a permanent move to the Hammers would have benefited Lingard’s career
“To become a team player again, I think, disappointing for me. I think sometimes you have to fly out of the nest and go. I thought he had already done that with what he did last year.
“So I think there are two or three players who aren’t going to get a lot of playing time this year who could have joined Dan James and really improved their careers and got more football.”
This summer’s transfer window saw the arrival of Jadon Sancho and the sensational homecoming of Cristiano Ronaldo to bolster United’s already crowded attacking ranks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer splashed out for Jadon Sancho (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo (right)
The talisman Bruno Fernandes favors a central number 10 role, with United’s wingers well stocked with £73million signing Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba who are able to play wide.
Meanwhile, a different Ronaldo than the one who last set this league on fire is coming back to Old Trafford, but he’s still guaranteed to storm into Solskjaer’s side up front.
Lingard’s regular playing time is therefore far from guaranteed with the Red Devils, despite his excellent preparation for the season and his form from last season.
Welsh winger Dan James left Old Trafford this summer on a £25m transfer to Leeds United
Neville also claimed that Dan James’s £25m move to Premier League rival Leeds United was the right decision in favor of his career.
The Sky Sports pundit added: “I think it’s really good for Dan James. I think this is one where it’s a win-win, there’s no sadness for me if Dan James leaves because I think he came to United, he always gave his best, he was a huge threat in the counter-attack.
“Manchester United have a lot of players in those areas and I think it’s very important for young players to play. And Leeds have always wanted him, they first wanted him when Manchester United got him.
“He will suit the way Leeds is playing. Think about the way Leeds counterattack with such speed, one-on-one across the pitch, he’s going to love it there.
“The crowd there is a big crowd, it’s a club that asks a lot too, so I think it’s a good thing for Man United to get the money they have and I think it’s a good thing for Dan James . that he continues his career at a good club.’