Jesse Lingard absent from Manchester United defeat at Crystal Palace as he attends charity game
Jesse Lingard was nowhere in sight for Manchester United’s loss to Crystal Palace on the final day of the Premier League season.
The England international’s contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of June and the 29-year-old looks set to leave Manchester United as a free agent.
While the likes of Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani were able to say their goodbyes to the travelling Manchester United fans following the 1-0 defeat to the Eagles, Lingard wasn’t part of the travelling party for the clash at Selhurst Park.
United’s number 14 hasn’t featured in any of the last four games of the season and after not being given an Old Trafford farewell against Brentford earlier this month, Lingard’s brother launched a scathing attack on the club via social media.
But in United’s final game under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, Lingard was instead pictured at a charity game back in Manchester rather than being down in Croydon with his fellow teammates.
Lingard attended a Whalley Range FC charity game, for which he was a sponsor of.
After a galvanising loan spell at West Ham United during the second half of last season, Lingard returned to the Red Devils off the back of nine goals and five assists from 16 Premier League games for the Hammers.
His form resulted in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promising the attacking midfielder he would feature regularly this season.
Therefore United rebuffed any enquiries for the man who has aspirations of making England’s World Cup squad after being cut from Gareth Southgate’s provisional squad for last summer’s European Championships.
After failing to get the game time he desired during the first half of the campaign, Lingard wanted to leave United in the January transfer window, but with the likes of Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial and Amad Diallo already leaving, the club on loan, Lingard’s exit was blocked.
With Mason Greenwood unavailable for selection, United weren’t willing to leave themselves light of numbers.
Lingard, who started two Premier League games this season, will leave the club as a free agent this summer and he isn’t likely to be short of suitors.