Manchester United fans have hit back at Garth Crooks after the pundit accused the Premier League side of throwing Jesse Lingard on the “scrap heap” last season.
Lingard was not able to make a league debut in the first half of the campaign before being loaned to West Ham during the January transfer window.
Lingard was able to score nine goals and assist five times as the Hammers secured a Europa League position.
That spell in the capital has helped Lingard to return to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans, featuring regularly in the opening weeks of the new season.
The 28-year-old was named on the bench for United’s trip to West Ham on Sunday, coming on with 17 minutes to play.
Lingard cut into the box and scored the winner with less than a minute left.
That goal earnt Lingard a place in Crooks’ team of the week for round five of the Premier League, but the BBC Sport pundit took the opportunity to blast United for their treatment of him.
“Can anyone tell me why Jesse Lingard is still at Manchester United?” Crooks wrote in a column explaining his choices for the team of the week.
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“A player who has the ability to score goals and affect the game as he clearly can should not be coming on as a substitute, filling in here and there, and playing second fiddle to anyone.
“A cruel irony took place at London Stadium against West Ham as the former loanee found himself scoring the winning goal for Manchester United against the club who got his career back on track.
“United had thrown him on the scrap heap last season.”
Crooks’ comments enraged United fans, who hit back at the former Tottenham star by explaining why Lingard barely played last term.
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“Lingard was starting for Manchester United and just going through the motions, he wasn’t alone but something had to give, hence his move to West Ham,” One fan shared his thoughts on Facebook.
“Remember him playing a whole season and getting one measly goal, that too on the last day. He’s clearly got talent but was horrendously off form,” Another added.
“And the world’s greatest mystery – how does Crooks still have a job – continues,” a third wrote in reply to a post promoting Crooks’ team of the week.