Influential agent Mino Raiola has clashed with Manchester United again, this time over the club’s alleged treatment of Jesse Lingard, according to reports.
Lingard, who rose through the youth and academy ranks at Old Trafford, has been a first-team regular at the club since being given a run in the team by former boss Louis van Gaal in the 2015/16 campaign.
However, having also been an England regular last season, his form has dipped this term with the 27-year-old scoring only twice all season in the FA Cup and Europa League.
Indeed, Lingard’s chances have been further limited by Bruno Fernandes, who has impressed since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon.
According to The Athletic, Raiola – who partnered with Lingard in January – is worried that his client needs to be shown more support by United staff following his poor form.
However, the source adds that United are disgruntled by the agent’s view and feel they have no concerns on that front, having made him a first-team regular from their academy.
Raiola has been involved in a number of public spats with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already this season, mainly involving Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford.
Raiola expressed his client’s love for Italy following speculation linking the Frenchman with a return to Juventus, before Solskjaer insisted that Pogba remained a United player.
In response, Raiola then posted a lengthy Twitter message to Solskjaer urging the Norwegian to re-think his interpretation of his comments.
United are back in action on Thursday night when they play Derby County for a spot in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
In other news, Solskjaer has reportedly ended United’s interest in Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff.
Longstaff was a summer target for the Red Devils having impressed in his breakthrough season with the Magpies last term.