Jesse Lingard follows Paul Pogba out the door at Man United as they confirm his 20 years at the club are OVER in another lengthy statement, weeks after he fumed at lack of an Old Trafford send-off
- Man United have confirmed long-serving star Jesse Lingard will leave the club
- Lingard has spent more than 20 years at Old Trafford but has fallen out of favour
- Paul Pogba’s departure on a free transfer had been announced just hours earlier
Manchester United have announced midfielder Jesse Lingard will leave the club on a free transfer when his contract expires next month, on the same day the Red Devils confirmed Paul Pogba would also be departing.
Lingard started his career with United and has been at Old Trafford for more than 20 years, but has become a peripheral figure in the last few seasons – going out on loan at West Ham United in the 2020-21 campaign.
He returned to United last season but failed to improve on his game time despite impressing at the London Stadium, starting just two times in the Premier League.
Manchester United have confirmed Jesse Lingard will leave the club on a free transfer in June
The England star rapidly fell out of favour and looked certain to end his time at the club
United spoke in glowing terms about the player as they announced he would be leaving on their website, posting a video of his best highlights and writing ‘it was all a dream’.
They accompanied that with a statement, hailing him for the ‘memories’ he had contributed to in his two decades at the club.
‘Manchester United can confirm that Jesse Lingard will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June.
‘An Academy graduate and dyed-in-the-wool Red, Jesse has been with United for over 20 years, having originally joined our Under-9s team in 2001.
He was frozen out by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier in the season and could not convince his successor Ralf Rangnick that he was first team quality either
Lingard enjoyed a great loan spell at West Ham in 2020-21 but the Londoners could not agree a deal to turn the deal permanent
‘We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jesse for all of the memories he’s helped create during his two decades here and wish him the best of luck in his future career.’
Lingard’s lengthy spell with his boyhood club ended on a sour note last month when his brother hit out at his lack of send-off at the end of the season, calling United ‘classless’ for not making a tribute.
’20 years of blood sweat and tears, 4 domestic trophies, 3 cup final goal, not even a farewell. No wonder it’s Conference League next year,’ His brother Scott said on Instagram.
‘Class of 92, Busby Babes, you’re ran by people who don’t even know the offside trap. Classless and the fans need to realise.
‘Been there since nine years of age and didn’t even get a send off!!! Well done bro your family are proud.’
He returned to become a squad member at United but made just two starts this season
Lingard (left) was not given a send-off after Man United’s final home game of the season against Brentford, with brother Louie Scott posting a furious message on Instagram (right)
Lingard was a man reborn at West Ham in the latter stage of the 2020-21 campaign, scoring nine times and providing four assists, and he seemed nailed on to stay with David Moye’s side, but he ended up going back to Old Trafford to form part of their squad for the new season.
But he did not see an increase of his game time – his first start of the campaign coming in the Carabao Cup in September.
In January there were chances for him to leave on loan, with both Newcastle and West Ham keen, but United were holding out for a pricey loan fee and both deals broke down.