David Moyes decided not to send Jesse Lingard out on loan in January and Manchester United fans were excited at the prospect of him being blooded into the first team.
The 21-year-old had taken real strides towards becoming a senior player at United in the past year – he was one of our best players on the pre-season tour, enjoyed a really productive loan spell at Birmingham, started training with the first team, travelled with the squad on match days and was taken on the warm weather training camp in Dubai.
Warren Joyce even singled him out with some high praise by calling Lingard a ‘different class’ after his goal made the difference in a recent 1-0 win for the Under-21s.
Yet, despite all that, he is now going to join Championship side Brighton on loan.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 27, 2014
In a season where our wingers have been about as productive as a wet fish, Moyes has sent Lingard and Zaha – two players who showed so much promise in the pre-season tour – out on loan and not given them a chance with the first team.
The fact Moyes decided to send Lingard out on loan randomly at the end of February also suggests it was a snap decision, which would make it even more baffling.
Now we all know what Wayne Rooney felt like – angry and confused. Lingard had worked his way up through the ranks this season and was teetering on the edge of the first team, so Moyes decided to slap him back down a level and send him out on loan.
Moyes has given Januzaj the platform on which to excel but he has failed to do that for a couple of other players he should have and this move with Lingard is particularly disappointing