Former Manchester United player Luke Chadwick believes Jesse Lingard still has plenty to offer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, even though he is unlikely to be a regular starter this season.
Lingard has been touted for an exit from United this summer, with Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek both arriving in his attacking midfield position. But after scoring two goals at the end of last season, including the second in United’s vital 2-0 win at Leicester on the campaign’s final day, Lingard has been backed to play an important role at Old Trafford this term.
The England international has opened up on his struggles on and off the pitch since starring for his country in the 2018 World Cup.
“Jesse Lingard’s obviously got a great history at the club, coming through the academy,” said Chadwick. “(He) got into the first-team, had some real good spells, and probably suffered due to his personal situation affecting his form last season.
“But on form I think Jesse Lingard can offer so much to Manchester United.
“We speak about players like Pogba, Fernandes, who are all wonderful on the ball, but I think what Lingard offers is wonderful movement, whether he plays in central or wide areas. He understands the game really well in terms of his movement off the ball.”
Chadwick did add that Lingard must consider whether to move elsewhere for more regular football, but believes Solskjaer will be keen to keep the 27-year-old as a squad player.
“I think maybe more likely now is that that could be coming off the bench, but I think there is game time there for Lingard,” he added.
“Obviously he needs to think about his own future. If you look at the squad Ole’s put together I’d be quite surprised if Jesse was a starter, but I think he still offers plenty to be an effective Premier League player.”