Lingard calls out United over ‘false promises’ ahead of his return to Old Trafford
Lingard will step back onto the Theater of Dreams on Tuesday as Nottingham clashes with Man United.
Former Manchester United midfielderJesse Lingard
has accused his old club of making “false promises” in his last year of contract at Old Trafford.
Lingard, who spend nearly 22 years at the club coming up from theUnited
academy, didn’t feature much at United last year despite having a good loan spell at West Ham earlier. This led to him not being included in England’s squad for the World Cup which has apparently left a bitter taste in Lingard’s mouth.
"I don't know why I wasn't playing,"
Lingard told the Telegraph.
"I don't know what the problem was, whether it was politics or whatever. I still haven't got an answer to this day. I didn't even ask.
"I'd rather that someone, out of respect for me being there that long, told me 'this is why you're not playing', but I never got that.
"It was false promises. I was training hard and I was sharp, I was ready to play those games. When you're working hard in training and don't play at the end of it, it's very frustrating.
"I had to grind out that last year because I knew I'd be [leaving] on a free [transfer].
"I'm not really the type of guy to sulk. Around the dressing room, I'm always that bubbly character with good vibes.
"I was getting on with my training and doing my work, then here and there I'd come on and try to give my best. The last year was difficult."
Despite all that is transpired between him and the club, Lingard is excited to go back to Old Trafford to face his former side.
"It will be an enjoyable one, but we want to win the game,"
"You can't get caught up too much emotionally, [but] it's a chance to say my goodbyes because I never really got that."
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