May 15, 2021

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Paul Scholes offers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer advice over Jesse Lingard

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Paul Scholes looks on prior to the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Leicester, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution.
Scholes had his say on Lingard’s future (Picture: Getty Images)

Paul Scholes thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should welcome Jesse Lingard back to Manchester United this summer and thinks the West Ham loanee can provide valuable ‘competition’ to Bruno Fernandes.

Scholes, the former Manchester United midfielder, has been hugely impressed by Lingard’s ‘sensational’ form during his loan spell in east London, with the 28-year-old scoring eight goals in nine Premier League starts.

Fernandes, meanwhile, has only scored once in his last seven appearances in all competitions in a lean spell for a player who has banged in 16 goals in the Premier League alone this season.

And Scholes thinks Solskjaer would benefit from having Lingard back at Old Trafford next season in order to provide serious competition for the Portugal international, who is otherwise a guaranteed starter.

‘He’d had a tough time at United and I think that was all from bringing Bruno Fernandes in,’ Scholes told TalkSport.

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‘They are players in similiar positions and you couldn’t argue with what Bruno has done.

Jesse Lingard of West Ham United celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Leicester City at London Stadium on April 11, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Lingard has been in superb form (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Jesse needed to play football – he needed a chance – and West Ham gave him that chance.

‘I know the quality Jesse has. I worked with Jesse as an 18/19 year-old as a coach so I know the quality he possesses.

‘His fitness was never going to be a problem even though he hadn’t played for a while, he’s so professional and so fit.

‘He’s been sensational. For Ole, I think it would be great to have him back to give some competition to Bruno Fernandes.

‘When he isn’t quite doing it we have a player in Jesse Lingard who is capable of reaching the same heights.

‘His numbers since he’s been at West Ham have been just as good as Bruno, so it’s always healthy to have competition in the squad.

‘Hopefully Jesse is ready for that and Ole wants him to do that as well.’

Asked if he would return to Old Trafford if he was in Lingard’s shoes, Scholes replied: ‘Of course I would.

 Manchester United Head Coach / Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chats with Bruno Fernandes during a first team training session at Aon Training Complex on April 2, 2021 in Manchester, England.
Does Solskjaer need competition for Bruno Fernandes? (Picture: Getty)

‘I’d want to prove to myself that I can play in that team and play every week.

‘It’s going to be difficult to do that if Bruno Fernandes is fit every week. It’s going to be tough for him, but the lad I know in Jesse he’s a Man United lad.

‘He’ll be desperate to play for Manchester United. Whether he’ll give it a bit more time to see [what he’s going to do] after this form he’s been in if he can get back in the squad, I don’t know.

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‘One thing he is doing is definitely bumping his price up.’

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