‘He should be playing 40 to 45 games a season’: Gary Neville doubles down on his claim that Jesse Lingard should have left Manchester United this summer after midfielder’s late winner at West Ham

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  • Jesse Lingard made late winner for Manchester United against West Ham
  • This happened when he made a costly mistake during a game against Young Boys
  • Lingard has not started a game after a successful loan last season.
  • Gary Neville believes Lingard should have left the Red Devils during the summer

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Gary Neville has reiterated that Jesse Lingard should have left Manchester United in the summer to increase his chances of regular playing time.

Lingard came off the bench on Sunday for a late winner against West Ham, where he spent the second half of last season on loan.

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The 28-year-old midfielder has yet to start a game for the Red Devils this season, playing just 63 minutes in four matches in all competitions.

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Gary Neville believes Jesse Lingard (centre) should have left the club to get regular playing time

Neville said during his podcast Sky Games: ‘I still stand that he should have left but he will have his moments.

‘I was delighted to see how he made a comeback after what happened in Europe midweek.

‘It’s a great moment for him to bounce back and score the winner. He has a good character, he is a very good player and I think he should play 40-45 matches in a season.

Lingard made a late winner for Manchester United against former team West Ham on Sunday

Lingard made a late winner for Manchester United against former team West Ham on Sunday

Gary Neville said United would benefit from having Lingard, although he would not get much game-time

Gary Neville said United would benefit from having Lingard, although he would not get much game-time

“He won’t be able to do that in terms of a 90-minute start at United, but he’s one of those players that I think United would benefit from having.”

‘I just thought to myself for Jesse, he should have left. United could be a better team with a player like Lingard.

Their goal against West Ham made up for a costly error during a 2–1 Champions League loss to the Young Boys, where a poor back pass allowed the Swiss team to win during stoppage time.

Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Hammers last season, where he was a regular starter and scored nine goals in 16 appearances.

He seemed content to stay at Old Trafford this season despite links to a permanent exit before the summer transfer window closes at the end of August.

His goal against West Ham came after making a costly mistake in the Champions League

His goal against West Ham came after making a costly mistake in the Champions League

With United adding Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho to the front line with already plenty of options in midfield, Lingard’s chances of starting the game at Old Trafford may be few and far between.

However Lingard was praised by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his late winner, which followed his struggles in Switzerland.

He said: ‘You have to learn to live with the ups and downs. He said sorry after Tuesday and everyone said it was not necessary. He came and was awesome.

‘It was a great goal. I am so happy for Jesse. Of course, Tuesday was a tough evening for him, but he has knelt down and worked hard again.

‘He’s been the same bright, positive lad, and what a goal. so happy for him. It was a great pass from Nemanja [Matic] And a nice twist by Jesse.’

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