The Red Devils playmaker faces stiff competition at club-level venues, but he still impresses for his country
Jesse Lingard is supported to take on the challenge Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Manchester United, with Gareth Southgate, the manager of England, confident that a talented 28-year-old can watch regular club time.
It’s been a problem for a confident character lately, with a lack of opportunities for the Red Devils a loan spell at West Ham was taken last season.
No permanent move was made during the summer transfer window, but Lingard – who scored twice in England’s most recent outing against Andorra – contributed to Portuguese superstar Ronaldo at Old Trafford.
What was said?
Lingard has only taken four minutes of Premier League football this season, but after playing for his country, Southgate was convinced he could benefit from local employers, telling reporters: ‘This is a situation we’re over. had a long time with different players. period with England.
“It was not long ago that the number of English players in the league was low, and we would have to choose players who were not regularly in their team or were on loan. We chose Mason [Mount] from the championship, so we had to be creative.
‘We know Jesse has a challenge and he knows he has a big challenge with the quality of attacking players at United. challenge to.
“He has recovered brilliantly from a difficult period over the last 12 months and he has shown that he has quality. It is not necessarily the quality of the opponent, but he excels with the quality of the players we have and who stand out. It shows its quality level.
“I know I got criticism for including him in the group, but he’s just a player who always plays well for us. Come in and do the give-and-go.
‘He has a very good intelligence and works hard without the ball and pushes well.
“[Against Andorra] I thought he was the brightest spark, especially in the first half, as it was the type of game in which players who could manipulate the ball between the lines would shine more than others. “
Will Lingard get games for Man Utd?
Lingard’s only outing for United this season was a late substitute in a 1-1 draw with Southampton on 22 August.
He has since taken 96 minutes of action for England, with 4-0 victories over Hungary and Andorra, hoping to get back into a meeting with Poland.
At the back of the game is returning to Manchester, with the Red Devils counting down the days to a home date with Newcastle on Saturday, which could make Ronaldo his second debut for the club.
Lingard will push hard there for minutes, but he is under fierce competition for places.
Along with a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek also want attacking or creative sleeping places in the plans of Ole Gunnar Solskjær.