Jesse Lingard Appears to Respond to His Manager's Criticism with Subtle Instagram Post

Jesse Lingard Appears to Respond to His Manager's Criticism with Subtle Instagram Post

Rene Otinga
updated at April 5, 2024 at 1:06 PM
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  • Jesse Lingard was recently called out by his manager at FC Seoul
  • The ex-Man United star has had a rough start to life in South Korea
  • Lingard posted a defiant message on his social media amid criticism

Jesse Lingard recently posted a subtle response to his FC Seoul manager after he was brutally and publicly criticised.

The winger ended his European stint in February, joining the South Korean team after weeks as a free agent following his departure from Nottingham Forest.

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Jesse Lingard celebrates FC Seoul's 2-0 win in the K League game against Jeju United on March 17, 2024, in Seoul, South Korea. Photo by MB Media.
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Despite being one of players with the highest profiles in South Korea, the 31-year-old has not made the best start to life in Asia.

He has made just three appearances for his team, and is yet to start a match under his new manager, Kim Gidong, who criticised him for his apparent lack of effort.

"Even though [Lingard] came on as a substitute, he didn’t work hard and avoided tussle. Name value has no meaning on the pitch. I will tell him this exactly," the 52-year-old tactician, said as translated by Centre Goals.

The most recent wave of criticism came after the FC Seoul manager brutally claimed he at times wondered whether the former Manchester United man was a footballer.

Lingard’s response amid FC Seoul criticism

Fans have been waiting to see how Lingard would respond to his manager, with his next move likely to dictate the course of his career.

Instead of fighting back, he has taken the high road, sharing a noble message on Instagram on Thursday, April 4.

Lingard shared a gallery of photos, including one of himself sitting on the grass, alongside others from a training session in the gym.

"Accept what it is, let go of what it was and have faith in what will be," Lingard wrote in the caption.

One of the other images in his post was of a quote that summed up his time in South Korea.

"I can’t lie. This gets overwhelming but I just keep pushing."

One of Lingard’s biggest challenges this season has been regaining full fitness after six months of non-active football.

Lingard’s FC Seoul salary

Sport Brief also reported on Lingard’s salary at FC Seoul amid reports he is one of the highest K League earners.

His wages have taken a significant hit compared to the £180,000 per week he was making at Nottingham Forest.

The ex-Manchester United winger reportedly makes around £910,000 per year playing in South Korea's top flight.

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