Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has urged midfielder Jesse Lingard to join Inter Milan at the end of the current season.
The 27-year-old has fallen in the pecking order as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prefers Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandez, Fred, Scott McTominay and Juan Mata ahead of the academy product.
“One player who may be moving on is Jesse Lingard,” former United defender Parker told Eurosport. “He is on the periphery now. Once he was delivering for club and country, and he became big news – a local boy who took his opportunity.
“But now when he gets his chances he can’t stand out and lead a group of young players, and nor do senior colleagues help him raise his game. He’s in a rut. When the team are playing well, that will be killing him. If you’re in his position, you don’t want the team to do well because then you can get another chance.
“For now Mason Greenwood, [Marcus] Rashford and [Bruno] Fernandes are doing their jobs. They’ve done what United needed Lingard to do, but he has to get close to Fernandes’ level before he can demand another chance.
“Now he’s signed up with Mino Raiola he’s probably looking to get abroad. He’s unlikely to find a top European club who wants him, but everyone is looking for cheap players right now. He could go to Italy to re-establish himself, perhaps at Inter Milan. But he has to ask, is he moving to spark his career or simply to embellish his CV?”
Lingard has made 202 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United, scoring 31 goals and his current contract is due to run until 2021, with the option for a 12-month extension.