Jesse Lingard has confirmed that he is back training with the Manchester United first team putting the winger in contention to start for the reds in Saturday’s trip to the KC stadium to face Hull City.
The 23-year-old took to his social media account Twitter uploading a photo of himself training with the first team and declared that he had fully recovered from his injury.
Lingard has missed United’s opening two league fixtures against Bournemouth and Southampton having suffered an injury during the clubs 2-1 triumph over Leicester City in the community shield.
It had been thought that Lingard would face several weeks out on the side-lines after limping off at Wembley. However it appears Lingard has made a comeback much sooner than originally expected and could now be named in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven against the tigers.
His return to first team action will almost certainly give the Portuguese a selection dilemma ahead of the Hull clash. With Memphis Depay, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, and Anthony Martial all capable of filling in on the flanks, it leaves Mourinho with an important decision to make.
If Jesse Lingard is to be brought straight back into the first team by Mourinho, it may be Anthony Martial who pays the price and misses out on a place in the starting eleven. In Lingard’s absence Juan Mata has filled in on the wing and in doing so has shined thus far, whilst for Martial it has been a complete different story. The Frenchman has failed to hit the ground running so far this season and it may be him who paves the way should Lingard be recalled into the side.
Lingard will know all too well that this season could be his final season in a red shirt should he fail to impress new united boss Jose Mourinho. Now at the age of twenty three, Lingard is at the stage of his footballing career where he can no long be classed as a youth team player. He cannot hide behind his age nor can we afford to wait for him to see if he can develop into the top class player we all hope he can be. Mourinho has been brought to the club to win trophies for the here and now and will not accept any passengers.
Lingard is no doubt a talented footballer, but inconsistency combined with poor decision making makes him a liability in the Manchester United side and should Lingard fail to deliver he may be shown the Old Trafford exit door.