Former Premier League player Carlton Palmer believes Jesse Lingard is surplus to requirements at Manchester United.
The 28-year-old has made just short of 220 appearances for the Red Devils first team throughout his career, as well as featuring for both the U18s and U23s also.
Despite the majority of his appearances coming from the substitutes’ bench so far this campaign, Lingard has made an impact when he has come on, as he scored against Newcastle United, then scored the winner in the league game against West Ham and also provided an assist in the club’s Champions League match against Villarreal.
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Whilst having an impact from the bench, Palmer believes that Lingard is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, telling This is Futbol: “I think there’s no two ways about this, Jesse Lingard is surplus to requirements at Manchester United. I think they would have let him go last season.
“He’s not going to play regular first-team football at Man United, he knows that, the club knows that. But the problem that you’ve got… I think West Ham would have done the deal in the summer if they could do. The problem you’ve got is they want 30 million plus for the player in terms of the fee and then you’re looking at four million a year minimum for the player’s salary – you know it’s an awful lot of money and that’s why I think West Ham were out of the hunt.”
The attacking-midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at the London Stadium and was in terrific form, scoring nine goals and providing five assists in just 16 matches.
He also helped the Hammers to finish sixth in the Premier League and qualify for the Europa League this campaign.