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Paul Scholes regrets Jesse Lingard comments

Paul Scholes regrets making a private conversation with Jesse Lingard public and says the midfielder has been “treated pretty poorly” by Manchester United.

Speaking on the back of United’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal on Saturday, Scholes revealed Lingard had told him the Red Devils’ dressing room “is a disaster” and an “absolute mess”.

That was United’s fourth successive away league defeat, making this their worst run since losing six on the spin between December 1980 and 1981.

Reflecting on his comments in the heat of the moment, Scholes admits he should have disclosed what Lingard had told him.

“I’ve had a little bit of stick for that. I don’t know why I did it. But, honestly, sometimes words just come out your mouth,” he told talkSPORT. “I have spoken to him since, and probably best I don’t tell you what he said.”

Lingard played the final 13 minutes at Emirates Stadium in his 16th Premier League appearance of the season, although just two of those have been starts.

The 29-year-old has been used 22 times in all competitions, totalling 548 minutes on the pitch.

With two goals and an assist, Lingard’s goal involvement average of 0.49 per 90 minutes is bettered only by Paul Pogba (0.5), Bruno Fernandes (0.56) and Cristiano Ronaldo (0.77).

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United reportedly prevented Lingard from joining either Newcastle United or West Ham.

However, in January, he thrived on loan last season, and Scholes has criticised his former club’s treatment of the academy product.

Scholes said:

“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 hasn’t happened. He deserved a chance. We all saw what he did at West Ham.

“He’s an outstanding footballer and can bring goals to a team, and with this team playing so poorly.

“And he does not get a chance. I think he’s unfairly treated.”

Lingard has regularly been overlooked by both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his successor Ralf Rangnick.

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Still, Scholes is hopeful that will change under Ten Hag should the midfielder be persuaded to sign a new deal.

Scholes said:

“I think he might suit [Ten Hag], and he might want to keep him.

“We will see what happens. He never wants to leave Manchester United, and if this manager wants him, why wouldn’t he stay?”

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