Jesse Lingard's time at Manchester United is difficult to summarise.
At one point it looked as though he would be a key man at the club, playing a big role in their early resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, he never really lived up to that potential.
Lingard was increasingly frozen out at Old Trafford as time went on, having a spell on loan at West Ham before ultimately ending his time at the club as a bench warmer. He left for Nottingham Forest in the summer on a free transfer.
Jesse Lingard slams Manchester United conduct
Jess Lingard will make his first return to Old Trafford as an opposition player later this evening and it seems he still harbours negative feelings towards his old club.
Speaking to The Telegraph, he criticised Manchester United for the way they handled him towards the end of his tenure.
I don’t know why I wasn’t playing. I don’t know what the problem was, whether it was politics or whatever.
I still haven’t got an answer to this day. I didn’t even ask. I’d rather that someone out of respect for me being there that long told me ‘this is why you’re not playing’, but I never got that.
It was false promises. I was training hard and I was sharp, I was ready to play them games. When you’re working hard in training and don’t play at the end of it, it’s very frustrating...
I had to grind out that last year because I knew I’d be on a free [transfer].
I’m not really the type of guy to sulk, around the dressing room I’m always that bubbly character with good vibes. I was getting on with my training and doing my work, then here and there I’d come on and try to give my best. The last year was difficult.
Despite Lingard's feelings on the matter, it was clear that he was no longer at the standard that was required at the club.
There have also been some suggestions since his departure that he was the source of many of the dressing room links that plagued the club, something that has dried up Erik ten Hag's appointment.