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Jesse Lingard no longer wants to be a Manchester United player, and couldn’t have sent a clearer sign to everybody who cares by hiring Mino Raiola as his agent. Manchester United board and fans alike have lost their patience with the England international and the writing is now on the wall.

Jesse Lingard is heading out of Manchester United in the next couple of weeks.

No one is happy with his performance at the Old Trafford, and it comes as no surprise that both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan were left furious by his performance in their 3-1 defeat to local rivals Manchester City.

Lingard was hauled off at half-time in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, with Phelan said to have been particularly vocal and angry about his inability to follow tactical instructions.

His lacklustre performance in a humiliating defeat could prove the last straw, with his substitution met by some cheers from the restless Old Trafford crowd.

Lingard has been criticised by Red Devils legend Paul Ince over his decision to team up with Pogba’s agent Raiola, who publicly criticised the club just last week. Instead, Ince believes he should be focusing on his performances on the pitch.

Ince told Paddy Power:

Jesse Lingard teaming up with Raiola shows he wants to leave – but he needs to improve his performances before thinking about a move.”

“If you don’t feel the club is going forward the way you like – fine – but there’s no need to play that out publicly. You can do it without anyone knowing. The thing is, if Pogba’s there next month, it’s going to be a huge task for him to win the fans over now.

“Then you see that Jesse Lingard has signed with that agent, too. I mean, he must be feeling optimistic if he thinks that Raiola could secure him a move to Real Madrid or Juventus!

“He’s a massive so-called super agent. I’m not sure why Jesse has signed with him to be honest.

“Obviously by getting involved with him he must think that he can secure a move in the next year or so, and he’s the man to do it. But Jesse’s not a kid anymore, and ultimately, he needs to improve his performances on the pitch before he can worry about his next move.”

“He’s supposed to be in his prime, but some of his performances are terrible. There’s too much competition for him to be playing every week.

“He clearly thinks that Raiola is the man to secure him the move away from Old Trafford.”

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