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Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has urged ‘Mr Instagram’ Jesse Lingard to ‘stop taking pictures and start being a footballer’.
Parker also believes the English playmaker should leave Old Trafford in the final days of the January transfer window. with several clubs still chasing a loan deal for Lingard.
The 29-year-old has been at the club for more than 20 years and has played 224 matches in total. During that time he has won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League.
However, Lingard found first-team opportunities hard to come by last season and ended up having a hugely successful loan spell at West Ham.
Despite the fact that Ole Gunnar Solskjær at the beginning of this period had promised that he would have more chances to impress, it turned out not to be the case.
And it is fair to say that things have not gotten much better under Ralf Rangnick. In fact, Lingard has been in just 14 games in total this season and scored twice.
Newcastle have emerged as the favorites to pick up the Englishman, however, there have been reports that they are now cooling their interest.
Parker believes, however, that Lingard should try to revive his career at Tyneside.
He told MyBettingSites: “I think Jesse Lingard should go. He’s almost 30.
“You can not just be one of the names in Manchester United and be ‘Mr. Instagram’ around all these big names in a big club.
“He has to go out and prove he wants to play football and he does not need Manchester United around him. He has to stop taking pictures and start becoming a footballer.
“If it means going to Newcastle, they can demand even more of him because he comes from Manchester United, good for him.
“They’re going to demand more of him because it looks like he wants to be Mr. Social Media and he’s going to have to demand more of himself.”
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Lingard could become a Newcastle legend
On Lingard’s chances of joining Eddie Howe’s men, Parker added: “If that happens, he will be in Newcastle, which has a large support base.
“If he goes and does well there, then he will be a living legend in Newcastle. He can then make as many Instagrams as he wants in Newcastle, because they will accept that if he is there and does well and gives its one hundred percent.
“That’s what he has to do when he goes to Newcastle. Give him one hundred percent and his life will be so comfortable.
“Even Manchester Utd fans, if he goes and does well for Newcastle, they will be so happy for him.
“A lot of them are disappointed that he’s come back to United just to sit on the bench and question him as a footballer. He’s a mancunian, but they just want him to play football.”
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