26 May 2022 | 10:24 | Football
Jesse Lingard wanted to leave Manchester United for Newcastle on loan, but the deal was deemed to have collapsed after the two clubs failed to agree on terms. The Red Devils are demanding a £6m loan fee plus a £12m bonus if Newcastle avoid relegation from the Premier League. United also want the other side to pay Lingard’s full salary – believed to be around £100,000 a week. The deal could cost Newcastle more than £19m, while the England international will become a free agent in the summer when his current contract expires.
It’s understandable why Lingard’s deal fell through. MU’s claim of bonuses is reportedly completely unreasonable. Faced with that situation, according to The Guardian, the England international feels disappointed and disrespected that United did not agree to let him leave. Lingard also believes the Manchester club are punishing him for not signing a contract extension last summer. He had plenty of reasons to be upset. Lingard should not be held back by his boyhood club, after 21 years with the team.
Although his performance is not outstanding at MU, Lingard still has many important contributions to the Red Devils. United have only played in three major finals since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, with Lingard scoring in two of them. He was also part of the youth squad that lifted the Youth Cup in May 2011 and has made 224 appearances in all competitions.
However, the reason he felt the most disappointment, was simply because he hardly played at Old Trafford. Lingard hasn’t started a Premier League game for United in two years. He has only appeared 17 times for them in all competitions since the beginning of the 2020/2021 season.
When sublimated, he was quite excellent. During his six-month loan spell at West Ham last season, he scored nine goals in 16 Premier League games and won the Player of the Month award last April. At 29, Lingard could not afford to waste another six months of his career on the bench of Ralf Rangnick. Your talent is being wasted.
Aston Villa legend Gabby Agbonlahor told talkSPORT earlier this month: “He should have left in the summer. Pogba has been injured for the last two months and Lingard is still out. He can’t even come on. from the bench. For me, he has to go in January.”
Scotland legend Ally McCoist added: “I’m the old type, I love watching players roll up their sleeves and fight for their place in the team, however, I think that time is over for Lingard. played a few minutes under Rangnick, he’s played 87 minutes in eight appearances under [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer this season.”
Lingard deserves the chance to play regularly in the Premier League. It’s about time United gave him that. If they can’t do it themselves, they should let another team do it.