Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has slammed Jesse Lingard’s performance against LASK Linz, in Wednesday’s Europa League match.
The Englishman was on target, as United beat the Austrian side 2-1 last night, and 7-1 on aggregate, to book a place in the last 16 of the competition.
But Scholes believes the 27 year old wasn’t good enough and he expected him to seize the opportunity to impress and make a statement.
He told BT Sport: “I’m not totally sure [on Lingard]. I do think when he’s playing well he has something to offer.
“Lately he hasn’t been good enough really. Is he a starting XI player if you’re going to go on to win the league and the big trophies at Man United? I’m not sure he is. I know he scored in the last couple of games.
“Tonight was a game where you think this is a chance for Jesse to play 90 minutes, along with Fred. But when Olé took him off after an hour, I thought this is a sign Ole is probably thinking of moving him on.”
Scholes added: “Look, I might be totally wrong about that, but that is just the feeling I get.
“When you’ve got fringe players and you need to get them games. Tonight was a perfect opportunity for 90 minutes, he scored a goal as well. His confidence might have grown a little.
“I don’t think he was particularly great in the game. But to bring him off after an hour when I don’t think there’s any way in the world he’s going to start in the game on Monday, I think that was a little sign.
“And possibly with Fred as well, maybe the same situation, he might be thinking of offloading the pair of them.”
Meanwhile, Lingard looks hungry for success, as he’s backed United to go on and win the Europa League, after progressing to the quarter finals.