Former Man Utd defender Gary Neville has expressed his disappointment at Jesse Lingard’s failure to secure a transfer away from Old Trafford this summer.
The 28-year-old midfielder fell down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season and was subsequently loaned out for the second half of the campaign to West Ham United, where he revitalised his form with scoring nine goals and providing five assists in 16 games.
Lingard has since been believed back into the fold at Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claiming that he will ‘play a big part’ for the club this campaign, however, ex-United full-back Garry Neville believes the midfielder needed to move permanently from the 20-times English champions to further his career.
“I’m disappointed for Jesse Lingard that he’s not left Manchester United. He’ll get a few games, he’ll get moments on the pitch, he’ll contribute, but I think he had something going at West Ham last year that meant Jesse Lingard in his own right was standing up as a really good player,” Neville told Sky Sports News.
“To go back to being a squad player again I think, for me, is disappointing. I think you sometimes have to sort of fly the nest and go. I thought he’d already done that with what he did last year.
“So I think there’s two or three players that won’t get a lot of game time this year that could have joined Daniel James and really furthered their careers and got more football.”
Lingard’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the current campaign, though the Red Devils are considering opening talks with the England international to renew his deal.