Paul Scholes Expecting Jesse Lingard to Leave Man Utd & 'Join a Mid-Table Team'

Scholes admits Lingard is likely to leave | AFP/Getty Images

Paul Scholes has tipped Jesse Lingard to depart Manchester United in order to play regularly, as his first team opportunities become limited at Old Trafford.

Like Scholes, Lingard is a product of the United academy, and he featured frequently in the first team after breaking into the senior side during the 2015/16 season.

Jesse Lingard
Lingard has fallen out of favour at Manchester United this season | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

However, his game time has become restricted under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer this season, with the midfielder starting just nine times in the Premier League.

Lingard started only his second game since football restarted in June during United's Europa League second leg victory over LASK on Wednesday evening, levelling the scores with his second goal in two games, before being substituted just after the hour mark.

Scholes believes Solskjaer's decision to remove the 27-year-old suggests that his days at Old Trafford are numbered.

Jesse Lingard
Lingard scored against LASK - but was substituted after 63 minutes | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Speaking to BT Sport [via BBC Sport], Scholes said: "It was a good chance for him to play 90 minutes, but when Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] took him off it is a sign Ole is thinking of moving him on.

“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.

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Scholes coached Lingard in the United reserves | Ian Walton/Getty Images

“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."

Lingard impressed early on in his United career and was part of the England squad that reached the semi finals of the 2018 World Cup.

However, his form has gradually wilted, and the England international opened up in December about how looking after his younger siblings after his mother fell ill was taking its toll on him.