Ferdinand says Lingard could benefit from Ronaldo's United return

Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle was all about Cristiano Ronaldo, but Jesse Lingard completed the scoring.

It was a significant moment for the England international, who felt the adoration of the Old Trafford crowd.

Lingard spent the second half of last season as a key player for West Ham but opted to stay at United during the summer.

Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel that Ronaldo’s arrival could transform Lingard’s fortunes after his weekend goal.


“Do you know who could be a massive beneficiary of Ronaldo? Who nobody was talking about like that – Jesse Lingard,” said Ferdinand. “He’ll be someone who will be a surprise package.

“Everyone’s been lifted, but last season when there was a chance for someone to come on, it wasn’t Jesse. All of a sudden he’s come on now and scored. His fortunes at Man United could change now.

“I’ve always been a massive fan of Jesse. I’ve argued with other pundits – on and off screen – about him. He’s different to all the other players there. This kid is one of the best movers off the ball.

“When he gets in there, he scores. I was one saying he should leave if he’s not going to get games. I stick with that; but he’s obviously had a conversation with Ole and felt he’s going to get chances.”

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The key for Lingard is how many games he’ll get when everyone in United’s forward line is fit.

Right now, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford are out injured and Anthony Martial is still feeling his way back too.

Donny van de Beek also wants games, along with Juan Mata, Anthony Elanga and Amad, while Paul Pogba could also be a first-team option on the left of midfield.

It won’t be like last season where Lingard doesn’t play at all in the Premier League – we can see that.

But the England man needs enough games to keep himself satisfied, or he’ll likely just run his contract down and be free to leave for nothing in the summer, having given his Old Trafford career one last crack.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.