Jesse Lingard

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has come out to defend Jesse Lingard after he revealed last weekend the midfielder had told him the atmosphere in the club’s dressing room is a “disaster”.

Referring to a decision to deny Lingard a January move away from Old Trafford, Scholes told TalkSPORT: “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.

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

Lingard has started just four matches in all competitions this campaign after starring for West Ham during the second half of last season.

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