Jesse Lingard wants to leave Manchester United this transfer window, says former United midfielder Darren Fletcher. The England international decided to swap agents earlier this year and he has now signed with Mino Raiola. According to Fletcher this is a clear signal that he wants to leave the club and is looking to make a transfer.
Lingard used to be a first team regular at United, playing most of the games under both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But after the club signed Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Portugal in January, Lingard has fallen down the pecking order. After the arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax it seems likely that his game time will be even further limited during the 2020-21 campaign.
Asked about the situation of Lingard, Fletcher said: “It’s unknown. The alarm bells started ringing for me when he appointed Mino Raiola as his agent. Now you don’t appoint Mino Raiola as your agent if you’re looking at staying at a club. That suggests to me that he’s looking for a move. He’s not a starter in Manchester United’s strongest team, he’s a squad player now. Yes, he’s come through the club and he’s been there a long time.”
“Maybe, he feels like he is ready for a new challenge and maybe he feels he is at an age now where he needs to be a starter, he can’t be a squad player. It will be interesting to see what happens between now and the end of the window.” In recent weeks Lingard has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Jose Mourinho would love to add the versatile midfielder to his squad.