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Report: How Mason Greenwood suspension impacted Jesse Lingard’s transfer

Jesse Lingard set to leave Manchester United. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Jesse Lingard set to leave Manchester United. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The suspension of Mason Greenwood complicated the relationship between Manchester United and Jesse Lingard 

In his column for CaughtOffside, Fabrizio Romano revealed that The suspension of Mason Greenwood obliged Manchester United to keep Jesse Lingard at the club against his will. 

Jesse Lingard has been a rusty performer since returning from his loan spell at West Ham. Primarily former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær didn’t show enough trust in him despite bringing him back and later on, he lost his form after sitting on the bench for a significant amount of time. 

Fabrizio Romano revealed that the relationship between the club and Lingard has become complicated recently. There have been some particular reasons for such a scenario that the Italian transfer guru wrote in his column.    

“The relationship between Jesse Lingard and Manchester United has been really complicated in recent months, this is 100% true.”

Manchester United star, Jesse Lingard. set to leave this summer as a free agent.
Manchester United star, Jesse Lingard could leave this summer as a free agent.

Romano suggested after Mason Greenwood’s suspension, Manchester United were fearful about their team’s depth and decided to keep hold of Lingard even though the Englishman intended to leave and join Newcastle for the remaining six months. 

“The reason is due to the January Deadline Day: Lingard wanted to leave the club at any cost because Newcastle wanted him for six months, but the club blocked him after the story of Mason Greenwood changing Man United’s plans in the last 24 hours of the transfer window.” 

The Italian transfer expert suggested that Lingard did everything possible to convince the team to let him leave. However, as the Red Devils didn’t change their decision, it created a rift in the relationship between the player and the club. 

Should United have let Lingard leave? 

Lingard hasn’t been his best self for a long time. However, during his time at West Ham, he looked free and played with joy, resulting in better results. He didn’t get the same environment at Old Trafford nor the same trust from the manager. 

Jesse Lingard didn't have a good season with Manchester United. (imago Images)
Jesse Lingard didn’t have a good season with Manchester United. (imago Images)

Even though he was available the whole time, Ole didn’t use him much which broke his confidence and later he lost his form. The new managers also didn’t give him much of a chance. If the club knew that the Englishman wouldn’t be much used even if he stayed, why they chose to keep him is a big question. 

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United’s decision didn’t have any positive impact, furthermore, it only created complications with an academy graduate who has been with the club for a long time. Now it is highly likely that he will leave the club in the summer window. 

His farewell would have been much happier if the club parted ways with him on good terms. Keeping him against his will only decreased his commitment and effort and as a result, he might not return to the club anytime in future. 

Written by Surajit Das

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