Jesse Lingard’s Manchester United career has been in trouble throughout 2020.
Each time he takes a step forward, there are more disappointments around the corner.
Lingard has only one start this season, and that came in the Carabao Cup against Luton Town. Against Brighton he was just a late substitute.
In the Premier League he has a total of zero minutes to his name.
The same lack of league minutes applied to Juan Mata before this past weekend, but while the Spaniard was starting against Newcastle and seizing his chance, Lingard failed to even make the substitutes bench.
This is worrying for the 27-year-old, considering that there was so much attacking talent not involved.
Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani were all unavailable for various reasons.
All three could be called upon as soon as this week in the Champions League.
If Lingard cannot even get into a matchday squad when those three are out, how will he manage when they are in?
Time to move in January?
While Lingard will get the odd game here and there, possibly, there are no Carabao Cup matches until December.
The Champions League is not like the Europa League. United cannot field a weakened side and expect to win games.
Lingard should be looking at his situation and coming to a long overdue conclusion that it is time to move on.
Perhaps United decided to keep him in reserve in case of injuries, having let Andreas Pereira head out on loan.
But if a decent bid comes in for Lingard, United would be wrong to stand in his way.
Lingard need only look at Ross Barkley, who left a similar situation at Chelsea to sign on loan with Aston Villa. He is now thriving there as a regular starter.
The United attacker is good enough to start at other Premier League clubs and should get another shot.
Perhaps he will be back to get his annual goal at The Emirates in a fortnight time when United take on Arsenal. But at the rate his season is going, he will do well just to make the bench.
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