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Man United great Paul Scholes makes Jesse Lingard transfer prediction

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Jesse Lingard will leave Old Trafford during the summer transfer window.

The England international scored for the second game in a row as United officially confirmed their place in the Europa League quarter-finals by beating LASK at Old Trafford.

However, he was taken off after an hour by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and that led Scholes to suggest that it was a sign that Lingard could leave the club in the near future.

“I think when he’s playing well, he has something to offer. He hasn’t been good enough lately. Is he a starting player if you’re going to go on and win the league and bigger trophies? I’m not sure he is,” Scholes told BT Sport.

“Tonight was a game where you think it’s a chance for him to play 90 minutes, along with Fred, but when Ole took him off after an hour I thought that this was a sign that he is probably thinking of moving him on.

“I might be totally wrong with that but that was the feeling I’ve got. When you have fringe players and you’ve got to get them games, tonight was the perfect opportunity for 90 minutes.

“He scored a goal as well, his confidence might have grown. I don’t think he was particularly great but to bring him off after an hour, I think that was a little sign and possibly with Fred as well, he might be thinking the same situation and looking to offload the pair of them.

“I know what Jesse is capable of, I grew up with him, watching him, playing with him and coaching him in the reserve team and he’s capable of a lot better than what he is showing. I just think at United now he’s become a squad player.

“28 in December, he should be at the peak of his career. Does he want to be playing 10, 15, possibly 20 games a season at his age? I don’t think so. I think he still has ambitions to get into the England squad and he needs to find some form for that.

“Is he going to get that chance? I don’t think so at United unless there’s a lot of injuries and a lot of people out. I don’t see him getting a lot of games unless he moves to a club, say a mid-table team like Everton, West Ham.

“Jesse is a good lad, there’s a lot of ability in there. He just needs a run of games to do it and I don’t think he’ll get that at United.”

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