Jesse Lingard, the former Manchester United player, has made a surprising transfer to FC Seoul, accepting a lower salary of £17,500 per week. Lingard, aged 31, has been without a club since leaving Nottingham Forest last summer. He signed a two-year contract with Seoul after flying out on Sunday to finalize the deal. Lingard had played for Nottingham Forest for one season after leaving Manchester United in 2022.
Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard Lesson: Knowing When to Cash In
Jesse Lingard has been teamless since last summer, and his recent move reminds Manchester United of a transfer regret. The truth is, his transfer should remind Manchester United of the importance of knowing when to cash in on a player at the right time. It’s been over three years since Lingard left United on loan to West Ham United. At West Ham, he revived his career and confidence. He scored nine goals and assisted five in just 16 appearances. His performances earned him both the Premier League Player and Goal of the Month awards.
Jesse Lingard returned to United as a rejuvenated star, but despite interest from other clubs for transfer, he was convinced to stay and fight for his place under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off. United seemed disinterested in Lingard until he performed well elsewhere. Lingard ended up starting only two Premier League matches in his final season. Additionally, Ralf Rangnick denied him a farewell appearance in May 2022.
A year after they could have sold him at his peak, United lost him for free instead. It’s also a reminder to United of the ruthless nature of the sport and the importance of cashing in on players while they still have value.
Under Erik ten Hag, United have aimed to become smarter in selling academy graduates. Last summer, players like Dean Henderson, Anthony Elanga, and others were allowed to leave, suggesting a shift in transfer policy.