Jesse Lingard sends emotional message to Manchester United fans

Jesse Lingard’s Manchester United career is over. The club confirmed Lingard will be released at the end of June when his contract expires.

The announcement over his departure followed a similar confirmation Paul Pogba will be released too.

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Lingard sends emotional message

Jesse Lingard sent out an emotional message following his release. He has been at the club for 22 years now, having started out in the academy, winning the FA Youth Cup, and then going on to establish himself in the first team.

Lingard lived the dream by scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup final in extra-time against Crystal Palace in 2016.

He said he has made ‘friends for life’ at the club and thanked all the coaches who helped him become the player and person he is today.

Two of Lingard’s teammates, Amad and Alejandro Garnacho were among the first players to react to his post on social media.

Lingard was a popular player behind the scenes and his presence at Carrington will be missed.

Lingard, 29, needs to find a club where he can play regularly, after missing a large chunk of playing time during his last two seasons at United.

His only run of games during the past two seasons came when he was on loan at West Ham, and really he should have left the club last summer.

The Mail reported he was frustrated to stay in January, when he was kept as cover. And while the last few months will have felt like a waste of time for him, he is at least now free to choose his next club on a permanent basis.

Lingard will likely receive a hefty signing on fee and higher wages than he was on at United, but his main motivation has to be playing time, to try and get back into the England squad.

There has been some ill will towards Lingard among fans after his brother hit out at the club recently, and while that certainly soured his final weeks, it should not detract from the fact the player gave a lot to United over the course of his career and deserves respect for his contribution.

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