Jesse Lingard has made his mark at former club Manchester United, describing the club as ‘behind’ other elite Premier League clubs in a explosive interview.
The Nottingham Forest attacker lashed out at the Red Devils, claiming they are stuck in the past and have been out of control since Sir Alex Ferguson.
said Lingard The Diary of a CEO Podcast that United informed the press against him after a failed loan deal with Newcastle last January.
Jesse Lingard has revealed a lot about his boyhood club in a explosive interview published today
Lingard claimed the deal was “done” until United’s director of football, John Murtough, called and said he would no longer be going, before asking if his motivation for leaving was “days off”.
“I wanted to loan out in January because – again – I wasn’t playing and Newcastle was a possibility,” Lingard told the podcast. “The deal was done and all but obviously the United squad wasn’t big enough.
“So they loaned a couple of players out, but when it came to me, John Murtough called and said, ‘No, you’re not going out on loan.’
“I said, ‘Well, he’s on loan – let me go and enjoy my football as I don’t play here.’ He asked, ‘What do you want, days off?’ and I said, “No, I just want to play soccer.”
The current Nottingham Forest star struggled for minutes in the last year of his contract
“So then they stopped the loan — I was pissed — and when he said, ‘Would I like some days off,’ I texted him and said, ‘I’m going to take two days off now just because you said so have.”
“Then they did ‘Jesse asked for two days off in the media’, I said ‘What’? I immediately took to Twitter and released the facts.”
Lingard finally left Manchester United this summer for a surprise move to newly promoted Nottingham Forest after 23 years at the club. Ferguson was a figurehead in his earlier years at Carrington but since retiring from management, Lingard believes the club has collapsed.
“There was no control,” Lingard said of his years at the club. “When Ferguson was there, it was full control. A fortress – everything went through it. Contracts, trades, everything.
Lingard spent 23 years at Manchester United before making a permanent move to Forest this summer
“Of course generations change, players grow up and people have a voice. When things are said about you that are not true, you will speak your mind.
“It wouldn’t have happened then – it would have been crushed with Sir Alex on the spot. But now people have platforms to express their own opinions and write whatever they want.”
The instability in the upper tiers wasn’t the only criticism for the 30-year-old, who believes United are in some respects falling short of his contemporaries.
“You’re so behind on everything,” he said. “You see City facilities, Tottenham facilities… people are miles ahead. Also the social side of things.
He accused United director of football John Murtough of refusing to let him go on loan
“I went to them in 2017 about YouTube and creating content – I just wanted them to keep up to date with everything and the new things that were happening. They have to be relevant and stay relevant.”
Lingard also cited close friend and former United disappointment Paul Pogba as an example of how far the club had fallen.
“There was no control, no structure, people did what they wanted — it was like free-for-all,” he said.
“People stick things that have never happened at United, people say stuff on Twitter what happened to Paul – he’s been scrutinized a lot but the guy is one of the best midfielders in the world.
Lingard is widely known for his interest in social media, which is why he reached out to the club
Unlike parts of the United fanbase, Lingard is unsure who is to blame for the club’s struggles
“I’ve known him since he was about 16 – the kid has talent, he’s one of the best midfielders in the world and he still can’t perform at United. So something is wrong in a way if he can’t perform. Then he goes to France during the season and sees how he plays there. I can’t tell what it is. I enjoyed my time there under Jose.”
The Warrington native refused to go along with the popular narrative that perceived dysfunction at United stemmed from the Glazer family and suggested his peers were like-minded.
“We do not know it [who’s calling the shots],’ Lingard revealed. “And now, of course, they want to sell the club. We were behind in many things. The players didn’t really look around.
“You want those modern things, you want the things that are coming out at the time, but we don’t know who’s in charge at the training ground and stuff like that. Flash training ground, best facilities, nobody talks about the team in the press.’
The 30-year-old returned to Old Trafford with Forest last month in a 3-0 defeat
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-11652709/Jesse-Lingard-SLAMS-state-Man-United-accuses-briefing-against-press.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Jesse Lingard BEATS Man United state as he accuses them of briefing against him in the press