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United are currently sixth in the Premier League and back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal have damaged their chances of making the top four.
Scholes made a comment while working as a pundit on the game for DAZN and looking back, he admits he stepped out of line.
The Red Devils legend told talkSPORT: "I've had a little bit of stick for that. I don't know why I did it! Honestly, sometimes words just come out your mouth.
"I have spoken to him since and probably best I don’t tell you what he said."
Lingard's contract expires in the summer and it's expected he'll be moving on as a free agent.
The 29-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham United, but decided to stay at Old Trafford and fight for a place in the starting XI.
He's started just four games all campaign however and failed to make a last minute move to Newcastle United in January.
Scholes believes Lingard has been treated poorly over the last few months by the hierarchy and interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
"I think Jesse has been treated pretty poorly by the club, to be honest," he declared.
"He was ready to sign for Newcastle at one point and West Ham, right at the end of deadline day and he was told he was going to get more minutes.
"That clearly hasn't happened. He’s deserved a chance. We all saw what he did at West Ham. He's a really good footballer and can bring goals to a team and with this team playing so poorly as well, for him not to get a chance… I think he's unfairly treated."
United confirmed the appointment of Erik ten Hag as their new manager last week and he'll join from Ajax in the summer.
Scholes believes there is a slim chance ten Hag wants to keep Lingard, given his intense style of play.
"We will see what happens," the former England international continued. "It’s obvious he never wants to leave Manchester United, and if this manager wants him then why wouldn’t he stay?"
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