Jordan labelled ‘bitter’ after pundit hit out at ex-Man Utd star Lingard – ‘that annoyed me’

Lewis Oldham
Jordan speaks on Lingard

Gabriel Agbonlahor has criticised Simon Jordan after the latter hit out at Jesse Lingard following his exit from Manchester United this summer.

Lingard is without a club after departing Man Utd upon the expiry of his contract. He barely featured for the Red Devils last term.

The Englishman had a spell at West Ham during the 2020/21 campaign and Newcastle United targeted him earlier this year.

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Ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan criticised Lingard earlier this week. He claimed that the midfielder has “flushed out the last three years” of his career.

Former Aston Villa forward Agbonlahor has now responded to these comments. He does not think Jordan “can handle that” Lingard may have more money than him:

“That annoyed me when I heard that,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.

“I feel Simon can be quite bitter, he reminds me of a bitter owner who you try to negotiate a contract with and they’re like, ‘get out, you’re not having that’, but you’ve got to go with the times.

“For me, Lingard has had an amazing career. He’s played for his country, he’s played at the club he’s loved for eleven years since he was a kid, he did amazing on his loan at West Ham, and he was probably their best player when he joined them.

“Yes, at the moment he needs to lower his wage demands. What he’s asking for, clubs won’t pay, because he’s had a season without playing much football. So yes he needs better advice on that.

“But to say he’s only going to be remembered for his TikToks sounds a bit bitter to me.

“I’d rather Jesse Lingard do TikTok videos than coming out of the pub like the players did in the 1980s and 90s, drunk. If this is how he wants to spend his spare time, going on his TikTok and having a bit of fun with his friends, good for him.

“I think you might look at his social media and think that’s what he’s doing all day, but he’s probably only doing it for an hour after training, and he might be training in the morning, afternoon, working hard all the time.

“I feel sometimes Simon can be a bit bitter about what sort of money these players are earning. Maybe they’re richer than him, and he can’t handle that.”