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Why Manchester United still must sell Jesse Lingard this summer

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The idea that Jesse Lingard still has a future at Manchester United after resurrecting his career while on loan at West Ham is a nice one, but a permanent exit is still in the best interest of all parties.

Lingard will go down as one of the single greatest loan signings in Premier League history. He scored his sixth goal and registered his fourth assist for West Ham on Monday night in an important 3-2 win over Wolves, which was only his eighth appearance in claret and blue.

His impact has been like the final jigsaw piece for West Ham, taking an already improving side from being in the general mix for a top seven finish and a low European place to being in the top four and in strong contention to qualify for the Champions League.

That victory over Wolves, which saw Lingard score the opener and set up what proved to be the decisive winner, propelled West Ham back into fourth place ahead of Chelsea and Tottenham.

Lingard was even recalled by England last month and stands an outside chance of making it into the Euro 2020 squad, which would have been unthinkable as recently as three months ago.

West Ham are understandably keen to make the deal permanent and United have been vindicated in their refusal to include a pre-arranged option to buy in the initial loan agreement because it opens up a wider market for Lingard without a fixed ceiling for the transfer fee.

There has even been speculation that Lingard has played his way back into the frame in Manchester, which would be a fairytale for the boyhood United fan who first joined the club’s academy ranks at the age of seven. But that isn’t the right ending for this story.

United still have no real need for Lingard and if he was to return, it could only be as a back-up or rotation player. He would provide squad depth to cover for a possible build up of injuries and at best be a relief starter in the early rounds of the EFL Cup and FA Cup.

That is how it was before his departure and United aren’t about to drop the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba or Marcus Rashford for him, nor would they be prepared to block the progression of younger players like Mason Greenwood, Amad Diallo or Shola Shoretire.

Lingard hadn’t played in the Premier League at all in 2020/21 before he joined West Ham, rarely even made the bench and only got on the pitch in the domestic cups. United also want to sign another attacking player ahead of next season that would only increase competition for places.

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The fact he has done so well at West Ham is almost irrelevant in that sense because United are aiming much higher than the Hammers. Lingard is clearly a decent Premier League player, but it still doesn’t make him good enough to command a regular place at the elite level.

It is easy to forget that when Lingard was at his best for United a few years ago, scoring 13 goals in all competition during the 2017/18 campaign, he still wasn’t a regular starter. He was a rotation player even then, making impacts here and there but only starting 20 Premier League games.

At this stage of his career – he will turn 29 in the middle of next season – it isn’t fair on Lingard. He deserves more than a bit-part or fringe role because he obviously has a lot to give for the right club at the right level, as proven by his West Ham spell. He may never have really wanted to leave his boyhood team, but playing regularly trumps all and he looks so much happier now for it.

United cannot and will never be able to give him that, but someone else can.

To return to Old Trafford would be a huge step backwards for the player and would also represent an opportunity lost for the club because Lingard has given himself a handsome transfer value.

United have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic like every other club and any extra cash, plus the removal of a sizeable contract from the wage bill, will go towards much needed continued investment in the ongoing squad build. That could be adding to the transfer budget with straight cash or, when it comes to West Ham specifically, a part-exchange incentive for Declan Rice.

After 20 years, the time is right for Lingard to move on permanently, but everyone at Old Trafford and every United fan would wish him the absolute best in doing so.

 

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VIDEO: Bullets rent air as hoodlums attempt to overrun police station in Orlu

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Despite the build-up of security in states in the South East, hoodlums whom the federal government claim to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its security outfit – the Eastern Security Network (ESN) – seem to be more endearing.

 

In this video monitored by, the hoodlums stormed a police station in Orlu, one of the biggest towns in South east Nigeria, engaging the officers on duty in a gun duel.

 

The gunmen, however, were subjected to the super gunpower of the security operatives after reinforcement was sent in from the.

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Breaking: What God told me about Sunday Igboho, Nnamdi Kanu – Primate Ayodele

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The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has revealed what God told him about the Yoruba Fighter Freedom, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

The cleric said that God revealed to him that Nigeria will break up, but not through Nnamdi Kanu or Sunday Igboho.

The cleric said some powerful forces like the spirit of Nigeria’s nationalist; Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa would lead to Nigeria’s peaceful break-up, Daily Post reports.

He warned that if Nigerians fail to appease Tafa-Balewa’s spirit and these other powerful forces, the country will break up peacefully.

Primate Ayodele, however, urged the government not to ignore the cries of IPOB and those agitating for the Oduduwa Republic because that would also lead to the country’s disintegration.

According to Ayodele: “The spirit of Igbo is no more in Nigeria, and since their spirit is no more in Nigeria, the country will break peacefully.

“Some people like Tafa Balewa were killed, the spirit of Tafawa Balewa is fighting, why will we not appease his spirit? Instead, we say Nigeria should be in unity; we can’t be in peace or unity again.

“Nigeria will just be facing one problem to another. There will always be problems and that is the fact.

“We need to realize that Nigeria needs many prayers to survive this situation and for sustainability. The moment we ignore God, then the country will collapse.

“It’s not this IPOB, Oduduwa, that will break Nigeria. There is a powerful force that will break the country if we don’t appease it.

“If we don’t do what is necessary, Nigeria will break. Many people don’t want it, but when you go to the divine realm, do you know what is going on there? Many people have died as a result of injustice in Nigeria, so what is going to happen is that Nigeria will break peacefully without fighting or making noise.

“IPOB are making points, the people of Oduduwa Republic are also making points, and if the government neglects these, it will happen suddenly.”

“Nnamdi Kanu is not the person who will actualize this, not that he will die, but the thing will happen in a surprising way.

“Everybody will keep quiet, but some forces will stand to be fighting it, saying no. Two things are involved: either Nigeria is restructured, which we know will not favour many people or break up. It’s either we go back to true federalism, or we break up; any of these issues is going to be better for the country, so said by God not by man.

“Another thing is that only God can stop Nigeria from breaking up; the pathfinders of this country are tired of our co-existence.

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📺VIDEO: How Pastor Adeboye’s Son Truly Died – Medical Officer

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A nurse based in the United Kingdom has alleged that undetected medical conditions must have led to the death of the son of Pastor E.A Adeboye of the RCCG family.

 

Recall that Pastor Dare Adeboye recently passed away in his sleep in Akwa Ibom where he was based with his family. He was 42 and had three kids.

 

The UK nurse and vlogger named Summer Aku alleged that his demise might have been caused by a disease of the heart. According to her, regular exercises and medical check-ups are needed for adults whose activities have remained limited due to age.

 

There are indications that Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) might have resulted in the demise of Pastor Dare. Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) is a sudden unexpected death of adolescents and adults, mainly during sleep. One relatively common type is known as Brugada syndrome.

 

Meanwhile, these are just mere speculations are the family hasn’t provided many details about the death of their son. It is not clear that an autopsy will be conducted and made public.

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