Paul Scholes has told BT Sport that he has seen a sign that Manchester United are about to sell Jesse Lingard this summer – amid reports that Newcastle United and Steve Bruce are keen to take him to Tyneside.
Lingard, 27, has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Manchester United and it looks as though his spell at Old Trafford is coming to an end – despite scoring two goals in his last two matches.
The 24-time England cap scored in a 2-1 second-leg win over Lask on Wednesday, finishing well after going through on goal. The Times claim Newcastle, Roma and Gladbach are keen, while the Mirror claim he is worth £20million.
Despite his goal in the 57th minute, Lingard was taken off after 63 minutes and Manchester United legend Scholes believes that is a sign that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to cash in on the versatile midfielder.
“Lately, he hasn’t been good enough,” Scholes said. “Tonight was a game where you’d think Jesse had a chance of playing 90 minutes. When Ole took him off after an hour, I though that was a sign Ole is thinking of moving him on.
“I could be totally wrong. But that is the feeling I get. When you’ve got fringe players and they need games, they need 90 minutes. To bring him off after he scored, it was a little sign – and Fred – that he may offload them.”
TBR’s view – Lingard needs to leave and Newcastle is ideal
Lingard has clocked up 39 appearances during 2019-20 but as reports claim, he is expected to leave. With the likes of Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, and the potential signing of Jadon Sancho, Lingard is out of favour.
Though he has scored two goals in his last two games, Lingard needs to play regularly to get back to his best and win his England place back. At Old Trafford, that is not going to happen. On Tyneside, that can happen.