Manchester United winger to Celtic talk cools as Sheffield United monitor situation

By Euan Davidson

December 19, 2020

It seemed unlikely from the outset, but any Celtic move for Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard could be off.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has reportedly talked to United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjær about a potential deal (Manchester Evening News).

The Blades have endured a torrid start to the Premier League season, picking up 1 point in 13 matches so far (BBC). Clearly in need of some creativity, the United academy graduate is on Wilder’s wish-list as the January transfer window approaches.

Celtic and Rangers had been linked to the winger (TEAMtalk), but a relatively short trip to Sheffield seems much likelier for the 28-year-0ld.

Earlier this year, The Guardian reported that Lingard was deemed “surplus to requirements” by Solksjær.

Celtic target? Man United’s Jesse Lingard / (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Celtic have potentially dodged a bullet

The Warrington-born winger hasn’t seen any league or European action for the Red Devils this season. His only minutes in 20-21 have come in the EFL Cup (Transfermarkt).

Last year, Lingard’s 22 league outings yielded one goal and zero assists. That’s absolutely woeful output from an attacking player in one of England’s top sides.

Although he’s been an England regular, he’s only laid on 12 assists in 138 Premier League matches during his career. Yet, he holds 24 caps for Gareth Southgate’s national team.

Although stats never tell the entire story, Lingard has had a hard time defying his critics. For a comparison, Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has played 43 times for the London club, scoring 13 times and creating 10 goals (Transfermarkt).

With wingers increasingly expected to contribute to goals, Lingard’s odd stats make for concerning reading. Especially if you’re a Sheffield United supporter.

The Blades are enduring the worst start to a top-flight campaign in English football history (Manchester Evening News), and are in desperate need of goals. Somehow, we’re not sure Jesse Lingard is the answer to that problem.

Although it’s the kind of big-name fans Celtic fans may find exciting, his £100,000 per week wage and stats are hugely off-putting. Neil Lennon would do well to sit back and let Chris Wilder take a flyer on the winger.