Jesse Lingard Should Consider A Potential Move To Tottenham Hotspur

Jesse Lingard Should Consider A Potential Move To Tottenham Hotspur

That’s according to Red Devils legend Andy Cole, who believes the 28-year-old will want to play regular football at this stage of his career.

Lingard has struggled to break back into the United team following the January arrival of Bruno Fernandes and his chances appear even slimmer following the signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

However, the England international reminded Solskjaer of his undoubted qualities on Tuesday night with a strong showing against Luton in the Carabao Cup.

After a flurry of loan moves across the country, Lingard finally earned a regular spot in Jose Mourinho’s team in 2017 and became an integral part of Gareth Southgate’s side which went to the World Cup semi-finals a year later.

And with the Tottenham boss reportedly keen on a reunion in north London, Cole suggested a change in scenery could be beneficial for the attacking midfielder.

“I think everyone has a role to play, but it’s to what extent you want to play that role,” Cole told talkSPORT.com.

“I’m sure he wants to be a starter and I think Jesse would be the first one to admit it’s going to be difficult to start week, week out.

“When you’re at that age, you have to turn around to yourself and ask ‘Do you want to be coming off the bench or do you want to be starting week in, week out?’

“So I think if Jesse wants to start or Manchester United are consider selling him, or whatever the situation is, the two parties will no doubt make a decision on it.”

The 48-year-old spent six years with United and won nine trophies – including the 1999 Treble – alongside Solskjaer up front.

After defending the Norwegian on air after the defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday, Cole gave a unique insight into the mind-set of his former strike partner and how continued criticism will affect him.

“I’ll agree there, but we have to honest as well. We’re all humans, we don’t like criticism.

“I don’t, I try and look at it as water off a duck’s back. But there comes a stage where you turn around and say ‘Nah, I don’t like what’s being said about me and that hurts.’

“Ole does take a lot of flak and management is such a funny game; when punters get a manager they want and it doesn’t work out, they complain.

“Everyone you get, if it doesn’t work out, people then want to get the next best thing. When I played with Ole, I never thought he would end up being a manager.

“But what I do like, since he has taken that job, is how he has turned it around since taking over from Mourinho by putting the feel good factor back into the club.

“Everyone was saying he got to three semi-finals but didn’t win anything. But to take over from Mourinho and where they were at and get to three semi-finals a year and a bit later? That’s improvement.

“That’s improvement considering everyone seemed unhappy there and they’ve just finished third in the Premier League. Before we had a lockdown, no one would have though Manchester United would have ended up in that position. So he is improving them.

“How would you actually improve as a manger if you never get a job, how do you get to that next level?

I’ve seen Juventus have given Andrea Pirlo the job. No one’s talking about his lack of experience, because that’s the only way he is going to learn.”

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