What role for Lingard when staying at Man Utd?

02 Feb 2022 | 13:10 | Football

 Jesse Lingard will have to fight for his place at Man Utd between now and the end of the season.

After more than two years without starting a Premier League game with the Red Devils, it seems that Jesse Lingard will leave Old Trafford is only a matter of time. But until the January transfer window closes, Lingard is still a Man Utd man. Despite significant interest from Newcastle or West Ham, Lingard is still unable to leave as expected and faces the prospect of leaving Old Trafford on a free transfer in the summer of 2022.

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 Will Lingard be trusted at Man Utd?

The Man Utd academy graduate – who could have been sold last summer for a substantial transfer fee following an impressive loan spell with West Ham in early 2021 – has played just 14 times in all competitions this season, starting two games – one of which was a no-show against Young Boys in the Champions League in Ralf Rangnick’s second game in charge.

Staying at Old Trafford, Lingard had to prove many things to Rangnick, after being given the green light by the German coach to leave Man Utd. He needs to play a lot, to have a chance to fight in the World Cup in Qatar.

Lingard has the ability to play flexibly in any position on the front line. In 14 appearances this season, Lingard, according to transfermarkt, has played as a right winger four times, played on the left wing three times, at central defender twice, as an attacking midfielder once and in the second striker position once. This statistic highlights his versatility in the third half of the field. One thing that stands out is Lingard’s ability to bond with teammates, and do well without the ball at his feet.

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 Where will Lingard be used?

Man Utd recently returned to 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 formations. This helps Bruno Fernandes to find his impressive form again. With Donny van de Beek currently on loan at Everton, should Rangnick need a backup for Fernandes, Lingard could very well be the preferred choice.

On the left wing of Man Utd, Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford are currently in tough competition. Accordingly, Lingard can be used on the opposite wing, especially when Mason Greenwood is involved in an unpleasant scandal. Lingard will compete directly with Jadon Sancho for a position on the right wing, although this is not his forte. However, statistics show that Lingard has played nearly 100 games on the right wing in his career , scoring 14 goals and providing 12 assists, showing that he has the potential to play on the wing and provide the ball for the opponents. like Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani in the center.

Friday night’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Middlesbrough is a good opportunity for Rangnick to test Lingard and return him to impressive form at West Ham 12 months ago.