That’s according to Frank McAvennie, a former West Ham striker who spoke exclusively to Football Insider amid new quotes from Ralf Rangnick.
Ralph Rangnick, as quoted by BBC Sport’s Simon Stone on Thursday (3 February), stated Lingard is taking time away from United to “clear his thoughts” after failing to leave the club.
According to The Athletic (31 January), despite manager Rangnick’s approval, the midfielder’s deadline day leave was prevented by the club.
Manchester United rejected a £5 million loan proposal from Newcastle, according to Football Insider on Friday (21 January).
According to the Athletic, Newcastle made another bid for Lingard on deadline day, and McAvennie is baffled that Manchester United did not sanction a transfer.
McAvennie told Football Insider contributor Ben Wild, “I believe it’s a disgrace.”
“They wanted so much money to close a loan arrangement that they wouldn’t even let him go.”
“The ostensible reasons are plain embarrassing; I’m not sure what they were thinking.” Jesse understands how he feels.
“He’s now stuck there. He’s not going to play. Why would the manager bring him in at this time?
“Where is the drive?” He’s not going to go out of his way to play for a team he won’t be seeing in a few months.
“The whole thing is absurd.” I’m devastated for him right now. Newcastle coveted him, but they were already committed to other players.
“Lingard is the one who truly came up short. Man United will pay a lower fee for him, but they are a huge club. That will go unnoticed by them.”
Lingard has started twice for Manchester United this season, appearing in 14 games.
He has two Premier League goals to his name.