The campaign at least ended on a high for Lingard as he scored his first top-flight goal since December 2018 in the 2-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday, but the 27-year-old confessed to experiencing a hard term with his boyhood club.
Jesse Lingard was on Sky Sports on Tuesday, speaking ahead of the NBA's restart later this week, and was asked what player he feels would match up to the legendary Michael Jordan in terms of achievements.
A second-half Fernandes penalty and Lingard's late goal - after Kasper Schmeichel's howler - secured the win as Man United re-joined Europe's elite after a one-year absence.
Lingard said, "I have to say, Cristiano Ronaldo", he said.
"Cristiano is the Michael Jordan of football for all he has achieved throughout his career". He's been to several clubs and has won many titles. "He is the real icon and Michael Jordan of football", Lingard said.
The comparison comes just ahead of the restart of the National Basketball Association season on 30 July, when the Red Devils midfielder and Toronto Raptors fan Lingard was asked to pick a footballer whose achievements would compare with those of National Basketball Association star Michael Jordan, who won six championships with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s.
"This season has been hard for so many reasons", Lingard posted to his 6.6 million followers on Instagram.
"I have played against him a few times".
According to the report by UK Sun, Brazilian legend Pele described Ronaldo as the best modern day athlete stressing that he is proud of the five-time Ballon d'Or victor. He was young and skinny when he came [to the club].
United are also open to selling him this summer because they are in contention to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, who play in the same position as Lingard.
"I never wanted to give up", Lingard posted on Instagram. No, he wasn't too bad, to be fair!
The England global has seen limited game time this season and only has one year left on his £100,000-a-week deal.