Scholes regrets revealing Jesse Lingard conversation

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes admitted he regretted revealing his conversation with Jesse Lingard where the midfielder labelled the Manchester United dressing room a ‘disaster’.

United have come under fire following their defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal in
the space of five days as they look set for their worst Premier League season
on record.

The club legend made the comments while working as a pundit after the loss
to the Gunners, but on reflection felt perhaps he should have kept that
conversation private.

Scholes told “I’ve had a little bit of stick for that. I don’t know why
I did it! Honestly, sometimes words just come out your mouth.

“I have spoken to him since and probably best I don’t tell you what he said.” Scholes also criticised the club for how Lingard has been treated in the recent
weeks and months.

The midfielder was all set to move from the club in January, before it fell
through at the 11th hour.

He is out of contract in the summer and looks likely to make a permanent exit from Old Trafford.

Scholes added: “I think Jesse has been treated pretty poorly by the club, to be honest.

He was ready to sign for Newcastle at one point and West Ham, right
at the end of deadline day and he was told he was going to get more minutes. 
“That clearly hasn’t happened.

He’s deserved a chance. We all saw what he did at West Ham. He’s a really good footballer and can bring goals to a team and with this team playing so poorly as well, for him not to get a chance… I think he’s unfairly treated.”

But Scholes admitted there could still be a way back into the Manchester United first-team under new manager Erik ten Hag.

Ten Hag will join from Ajax in the summer and the former midfielder thinks a player like Lingard could flourish under the Dutch manager.

“I think he might suit him [Ten Hag] and he might want to keep him,” Scholes said. “We will see what happens.

“It’s obvious he never wants to leave Manchester United, and if this manager
wants him then why wouldn’t he stay?”

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