Pundit delivers West Ham verdict on 'big' reason for Lingard U-turn at Man United
Jesse Lingard will not be guaranteed game time by Man United interim manager Ralf Rangnick despite U-turning on an exit.
That is the view of former Spurs and England number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Lingard’s opportunities at Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with an exit from United with his contract set to expire at the end of June.
A source with knowledge of Lingard’s situation has told Football Insider that he had initially intended to go out on loan again in January after talks over a new contract collapsed.
But he has decided to now stay and fight for his place at United before leaving as a free agent next summer.
Robinson believes winning a place in next year’s World Cup squad will be the “big” priority for Lingard.
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“I think everybody has been given a clean slate under the new manager,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“The system Rangnick plays will no doubt suit Lingard and his style of play.
“Whether that materialises into a run of games in the side remains to be seen. I don’t think the manager will guarantee anybody game time.
“His loan opportunities would probably be West Ham and Newcastle, so it’s big that he could now stay.
“The big question for Lingard is – can he get into the World Cup squad? He will need to play football in the lead up to it but that could mean joining a new club in the summer and hitting the ground running. That would given him an opportunity.
“I don’t see there being a better choice for Lingard right now. He either goes out on loan and plays for a few months or plays 50 per cent of the games for United and then leaves on a free in the summer. It’s win-win.”