Manchester United and Three Lions legend Paul Scholes has revealed that he expects Manchester United gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to show Jesse Lingard and Fred the exit door.
Paul Scholes believes that the duo of Jesse Lingard and Fred will not appear in a Manchester United shirt next season after the pair were taken off in the UEFA Europa League win over LASK Linz at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Man United lead 5-0 from the first leg away at the Austrian club in what became their final game pre lockdown, yesterday’s night didn’t start as planned as Manchester United went behind through a stunning strike courtesy of Philipp Wiesinger at Old Trafford.
Lingard came to the rescue as he quickly equalised with the second goal he’s got in two games, before Anthony Martial scored the winning goal late in the game.
In his post analysis, Scholes said that the substitutions of Jesse Lingard and Fred after the hour mark is a bad omen for both of them ahead of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final against Copenhagen on Monday.
“I’m not totally sure [on Lingard]. I do think when he’s playing well he has something to offer,” Scholes told BT Sport.
“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, and when Ole took him off after an hour, I thought then that this is a sign that Ole is probably thinking of moving him on.
“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 bit.
“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.”