Rio Ferdinand reveals Jesse Lingard’s complaint about Man United team-mates
The Manchester United legend lifts the lid on his conversation with Jesse Lingard
Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Jesse Lingard expressed his frustration at a lack of service at Manchester United this season.
The Red Devils lost 1-0 to Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley to end the 2017-18 season without silverware for the first time since 2014-15.
Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table ahead of their rival Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC and Arsenal.
However, the Red Devils ended up 19 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City in the title race to raise questions about their lack of progress under Jose Mourinho.
Lingard is one of the few Manchester United players to emerge with real credit from the season alongside David De Gea and Nemanja Matic.
The 24-year-old scored 13 times and made five assists in 41 appearances in the Premier League, the FA Cup and the League Cup this term.
However, Lingard’s goals dried up in the final weeks of the 2017-18 season and he failed to score in the FA Cup final despite having a reputation for scoring big goals.
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand lifted the lid on his conversation with Lingard about a lack of service in recent weeks.
“It’s confidence,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “Everyone knew how talented he was but transferring that into the first team is a big ask.
“I spoke to him and he said that he’s getting in good positions but his team-mates are not finding him. Lingard needs to have service.”
Manchester United signed Alexis Sanchez in a swap deal from Arsenal in the January transfer window to bolster their attacking options.