After struggling to find game time at the Old Trafford stadium for the first half of the last season, the England International decided to join West Ham United on loan in January in search of first-team football. The 29-year-old enjoyed a stellar campaign with the Hammers last term, scoring nine goals and notching up four assists in 16 Premier League appearances.
Following a productive season with David Moyes’ side, former Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to keep Lingard in his squad. But, the Englishman struggled to break into the Norwegian’s starting eleven.
Speaking with CaughtOffside, the former midfielder has said that he is surprised by Rangnick’s team selection and not giving opportunities to Jesse Lingard who could’ve been a perfect option for the German’s 4-2-2-2 system.
The ex-United man further claims that the Englishman’s energy might have been an apt weapon for the 63-year-old’s preferred high-intensity style of play. Chadwick said:
“I’m really surprised we’ve not seen more of Lingard since the new manager came in. Rangnick wants to play with high energy and there’s not many more high energy players than Jesse Lingard. In that 4-2-2-2 formation, the movement that he has, he’s probably one of the best in the club at running beyond the striker, not just receiving the ball to feet out wide.
“I think it would be well worth giving him an opportunity, the way that he plays, the style of football we’re seeing under Rangnick, he could be a real asset between now and the end of the season.”
Latest Sports News: Should Rangnick give Lingard more opportunity?
Latest Sports News: Jesse Lingard has only started one game under Ralf Rangnick – in the consolation game against Young Boys in the Champions League – and the Englishman failed to grab the opportunity and couldn’t impress the German boss.
With the Red Devils being stacked with talented players in their attacking department, it is hard for the 63-year-old boss to give game time to everyone. And the Englishman is one of the players who didn’t get enough first-team actions as he was promised at the start of the season.
So, trimming down the squad at the start of the season would have been the right decision from Manchester United. Without proper game time, players have become frustrated at the Old Trafford stadium and the speculations about the dressing room unrest are appearing in recent times.
Therefore, Manchester United should cash in on some fringe players in this January transfer window who aren’t in the plans of Ralf Rangnick. The German boss is eyeing a defensive midfielder in this window and some players departure will help the 63-year-old to bring in some new faces.