Paul Scholes believes Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his decision to move Jesse Lingard on this summer.
The 27-year-old midfielder scored United’s equaliser as they came from behind to beat LASK 2-1 and secure a 7-1 aggregate victory over the Austrian side.
But despite netting what was just his third goal of the season, Lingard was replaced by Paul Pogba just after the hour mark.
Paul Scholes believes Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to sell Jesse Lingard
The 27-year-old scored the equaliser in United’s victory against LASK in the Europa League
And speaking to BT Sport, former United midfielder Scholes insists the decision to substitute him along with Fred – who was replaced by Andreas Pereira – could signal the end of the duo’s time at Old Trafford.
‘Lately he [Lingard] hasn’t been good enough really. Is he a starting XI player, if you are going to win the league and big trophies at Man United? I am not sure he is,’ Scholes said.
‘Tonight was a game where you think it was a chance for Jesse to play 90 minutes along with Fred, and when Ole took him off after an hour, I thought then that this is a sign that Ole probably is thinking of moving him on.
Anthony Martial then netted to give United a 7-1 aggregate victory over the Austrian outfit
But Lingard was replaced shortly after the hour mark by France international Paul Pogba
‘I might be totally wrong by that but that is the feeling I get.
‘His confidence might have grown a little bit from scoring, but I don’t think he was particularly great in the game. I don’t think there is any way in the world he is going to start on Monday [in the Europa League quarter-final against Copenhagen].
‘I think that [his substitution] was a little sign and possibly with Fred as well, he might be thinking of offloading the pair of them.’
Reports last month had already indicated United’s willingness to sell the England international.
And Scholes believes Solskjaer’s decision to substitute him means he may be forced to leave
Serie A side Roma, German outfit Borussia Moenchengladbach and Steve Bruce’s Newcastle were all linked with moves, with Lingard reportedly hoping to convince the clubs to firm up their offers with his displays in the Europa League this month.
Scholes maintains that he still has plenty to offer but must move away from Old Trafford if he is to have a better chance of seeing regular game time.
‘I know what Jesse is capable of. I grew up with him, played with him, coached him in the reserves, and I know he is capable of a lot better than he is currently showing,’ Scholes continued.
‘I just feel that at United he has become just a squad player. He is 27 and 28 in December, he should be at the peak of his career.
Reports emerged last month that United had already indicated their willingness to sell Lingard
Does he want to be playing 10, 15, possibly 20 games a season at that age? I don’t think so.
‘I think he still has ambitions to get in the England squad, so he needs to find some form for that. Is he ever going to get the chances at United? Unless there are lots of injuries I don’t think so.
‘I don’t see him getting a run of games unless he moves somewhere where he may not be guaranteed games and will have to fight for his place, but a mid-table team possibly an Everton or a West Ham.’