Dimitar Berbatov has told Stadium Astro that he believes Jesse Lingard’s time at Manchester United is up, and thinks the England international has got to leave this month – amid reported interest from Newcastle, West Ham and other English clubs.
Lingard, 28, has managed just three appearances for Manchester United this season – twice in the Carabao Cup and once in the FA Cup. He has failed to make a single appearance in the Premier League and is out of contract in the summer.
Sky Sports claim his representatives have spoken to OGC Nice over a potential move, while Real Sociedad was discussed before the January window opened. TalkSPORT claim West Ham, Newcastle, Brighton and Sheffield United are all keen.
Now, Berbatov has called for Lingard to leave Old Trafford given he is now 28 and has not left the club permanently since joining as an academy player. He believes that with game time, he can reproduce his best – the form that saw him shine for England.