Man Utd: Paul Scholes makes interesting claim about Jesse Lingard after ‘disaster’ comments
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Paul Scholes has made a bold claim about Jesse Lingard’s future at Manchester United following the latter’s comments on the club’s dressing room atmosphere.
The Red Devils legend revealed after United’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday that he spoke to Lingard, who called the club’s dressing room a ‘disaster’.
However, the pundit has now apologised for disclosing his discussion with the Red Devils’ no.14 on talkSPORT.
“I’ve had a little bit of stick for that. I don’t know why I did it! Sometimes words just come out of your mouth,” Scholes said.
“I have spoken to him since. It’s probably best I don’t tell you what he said!”
Lingard has featured 22 times for United in all competitions this season, mainly coming off the bench, with Scholes believing the former deserves more chances in their starting 11, while also stating incoming manager Erik ten Hag could keep him past this summer.
“I think Jesse’s been treated pretty poorly by the club to be honest with you,” Scholes added.
“He was ready to sign for Newcastle at one point, Newcastle or West Ham right at the end of deadline day, and he was told he was going to be given more minutes, and that clearly hasn’t happened.
“I think he deserved a chance, because we all saw what he did at West Ham. Jesse’s a really good footballer, he can bring goals to a team, and with this team playing so poorly as well and for him not to get a chance as he was promised, I think he’s been a bit unfairly treated.
“I have a feeling with the way Ten Hag plays at Ajax, I think he might even want to keep Jesse, but we’ll see what happens. Jesse’s a Manchester lad, he’s obviously never really wanted to leave Manchester United, and if this manager wants him, why wouldn’t he stay?”
Lingard is among five first-team players out of contract at the end of the season and is likely to depart Old Trafford due to a lack of minutes this campaign.
The 29-year-old has made 232 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils since his competitive debut in 2014, scoring 35 goals and assisting his teammates on 21 occasions.
His loan spell at West Ham United during the second-half of the 2020/21 season excited Red Devils’ fans, with Lingard netting nine times in 16 games and registering five assists.