Man Utd: Rio Ferdinand questions ‘crazy’ Jesse Lingard decision

Rio Ferdinand questions 'crazy' Jesse Lingard decision to return to Manchester United and reacts to Donny van de Beek exit

The England international stayed at Old Trafford while the Dutchman departed (Pictures: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand feels Jesse Lingard made a huge mistake returning to Manchester United last summer after his failed January exit, while he is optimistic Donny van de Beek can revive his career at Everton.

The two fringe players had contrasting deadline days, with Lingard blocked from leaving Old Trafford despite offers from Newcastle and West Ham while his Dutch teammate secured a loan to Goodison Park until the end of the season.

Lingard is believed to be ‘extremely disappointed’ that United prevented him from leaving and Ferdinand says the midfielder – who has not started a league game this season – should have pushed harder for a transfer in the summer.

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard

Lingard will remain a bit-part player for another five months (Picture: Getty)

‘I wouldn’t be happy if I was a player. It’s almost like he’s wasted a whole year of his career, a whole season of his career has been wasted,’ said Ferdinand on his FIVE YouTube channel.

‘He hasn’t played hardly any games, hasn’t been involved. He went to West Ham and done fantastically well, everyone would have wanted to take him outside of probably the top four – and then goes back to Man United and doesn’t play. I was just baffled that he went back to Man United in the first place after having that taste of success, that taste of playing every week.

‘Either he was promised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he’d get more game time, or I don’t know what it was. And then this window you’d think he’d be doing all he can to get out.

‘Maybe he took too long in getting to that point of wanting to leave. Did he ask to leave at the beginning of the window or make a decision later on in the window that he wanted to leave and by then other situations took it out of his hands maybe? I don’t know.

‘But you look at his career and I just think the last year or two has just been wasted by just sticking around at Man United when he’s never going to play games. It’s just crazy.’

Van de Beek, meanwhile, will be looking to play regular football once again at Everton and Ferdinand is confident Frank Lampard is the right manager to get the former Ajax star playing his natural game once again.

He continued: ‘We had Donny on the show a while back and I’ve been able to stay in contact and speak to him quite a lot and I spoke to him over this deal as well, over this period of time. Obviously Frank Lampard was a big driver but also [Crystal Palace boss] Patrick Vieira was a big driver for him because he respects both.

Everton Unveil New Loan Signing Donny van de Beek

Van de Beek is looking to revive his career at Everton (Picture: Getty)

‘But I think being able to stay at home still, in Manchester, not having to move, his girlfriend’s pregnant as well, these are factors that played a part as well. But also, I think the important thing for Donny van de Beek – yes to play games – but just as important is where he is going to be played.

‘If you’re going to ask him to play the similar roles that he played at Man United, which is maybe a little bit more defensive at times, then you’re not going to get the best out of him. You have to give him license to go forward, license to attack the box, and judging him by what he did at Ajax he was allowed to get into the box and free rein to get in there and time his runs to get opportunities to score goals.

‘He knows how to score, he knows how to play one- and two-touch in progressive, possession-based football. And Frank Lampard, in his short time as a manager, has tried to make his teams play football in a way that someone like Donny van de Beek might be able to flourish. I hope it works for both of them.’

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