Paul Scholes believes Jesse Lingard’s substitution against LASK is a sign that Manchester United are considering offloading him.
Lingard scored for the second game in succession during Manchester United’s 2-1 win over LASK on Wednesday, securing them a 7-1 aggregate triumph and a spot in the Europa League quarter-finals.
The 27-year-old did well on the night at Old Trafford. He pulled off some elegant moves and probing flicks before canceling out Philipp Wiesinger’s opener by scoring a second-half equalizer.
But Lingard, who made only his fourth appearance since returning from lockdown, was visibly unhappy by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to substitute him for Paul Pogba in the 63rd-minute.
This has led Scholes to suggest Lingard isn’t part of Solskjaer’s long-term plans.
“He is capable of more than he’s showing at United,” the Red Devils legend said on BT Sport.
“When he’s playing well he has something to offer but lately he has not been good enough. Is he a starting XI player if you’re going to win the league and big trophies at Manchester United? I’m not sure.
“It was a good chance for him to play 90 minutes, but when Ole took him off it is a sign Ole is thinking of moving him on.”
Lingard, who came through the youth system at Old Trafford, will likely find opportunities harder to come by next season if United sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer.
After all, he only made nine starts in the Premier League alone this term.
Scholes added: I know what Jesse is capable of, I grew up with him, played with him, coached him in the reserves, but he has just become a squad player,”
“He should be at the peak of his career and does he only want to play 10/15/20 games?
“Jesse is a good lad, he just needs a run of games but I don’t think he will get that at Manchester United, maybe at a mid-table team like an Everton or West Ham.”