Neville: Lingard will only ever have bit-part Manchester United role

Jesse Lingard must settle for an ‘in and out’ role like Daniel James to succeed at Manchester United says club icon Gary Neville, despite star’s sizzling West Ham form and England return

  • Gary Neville feels Jesse Lingard will always have a bit-part role at Man United 
  • The 28-year-old has been a revelation at West Ham after sealing a loan move 
  • Lingard has won his place back in the England team as a result of his efforts 
  • Neville feels Lingard can return to United but will never become a regular starter 

Gary Neville says Jesse Lingard will always have a bit-part role at Manchester United, despite his Premier League rebirth at West Ham.

Lingard has been in stunning form since sealing a January loan switch to east London, and has been largely responsible for the Hammers rocketing up the table and pushing hard for a European-placed finish.

The 28-year-old has earned back his place in the senior England team as a result of his exploits, but Neville feels he will forever occupy the duties of an ‘in and out’ player, similar to Dan James in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s current set up.

Jesse Lingard is making a name for himself at West Ham but Gary Neville feels he will have to accept a bit-part role like Dan James (right) if he returns to United

Neville gave his verdict on the Hammers loanee this week and praised his current form

Speaking this week during his punditry duties on Sky Sports, Neville said: ‘At Manchester United because there is that expectation of what you need to be, to be a wide player there, he’s always going to get a difficult press.

‘He’s a really good player. He’s going to have a great career. Manchester United have sent him out to West Ham to boost his career, maybe with the thought of boosting his price tag, but they might be thinking, “actually, we might want him back, he could be a real help to us.”

‘But if he’s willing to go back there and compete and be the player that Dan James has been for the last few weeks, in and out, then there’s no doubt he can play for Manchester United.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to recruit in the summer despite Lingard’s best efforts

Neville, however, has noted the rise in confidence in Lingard after being afforded proper game time, but feels he will have to seek a move away from United if he wishes for this to continue.

He added: ‘If Jesse wants to play, and you can see he does want to play, then he needs to leave, because he’s not going to play every single week for a Manchester United team that’s competing for second or first place in the league.’

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