That happened. On the day of the great adieu. On the night in which every single soon-to-be-gone Red Devil (Juan Mata, Cristiano Ronaldo, etc...) had a chance to touch the ball and salute the suffering crowd—though they enjoyed a win once and for all. On that very day, good interim man Ralf Rangnick decided to leave poor Jesse Lingard rotting on the bench. As simple as you read it.
Of course, it’s been widely reported that Lingard is just mere weeks from leaving Manchester to find greener pastures where, you know, he can play some football here and there. Also reported, Newcastle interest in signing Jesse. So what went down after United’s last Old Trafford game just molly-confirmed what we all already knew: Lingard is as good as gone, Mancunians.
And we know that “semi-official” piece of news because Lingard’s brother Louie Scott logged into his private Instagram account, hit publish, and then hell was raised on earth. Not the official post, but here’s Goal’s very simple summary of it—quote included:
After the rant, one can surely say it’s happening. If you can place a bet, go do it now because Lingard’s history in red and black is pretty much good old Manchester United lore.
Manchester United has just nonsensically refused to play Lingard—let alone pay him—with a new manager taking over as soon as next June. Not only will Erik ten Hag bring his own plans and names to target in the summer transfer window, but Lingard hasn’t even featured under Ralf after being forced to stay put in Manchester this past January, so just imagine.
Since the winter window shut down Lingard has played just eight games and 279 more minutes, again for a lackluster average of 35 minutes per game. And of course, even though Lingard started two of those eight games, both starts came against fighting-for-salvation sides Leeds and Norwich. Lingard was subbed out of the pitch at the 66th and 62nd minutes of those two games respectively, mind you.
Here’s hoping Jesse finds a good (black and white) place where can rediscover the joy of football. Wink, wink.