Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Manchester United give contract update on Jesse Lingard

Manchester United are in talks with Jesse Lingard over a contract extension that would keep him at the club beyond the end of this season.

Lingard was tipped to leave on a permanent deal in the summer transfer window, having excelled on loan at West Ham in the second half of last season, scoring nine goals in 16 appearances.

He didn’t feature in the Premier League for United in the first half of last season but he impressed in pre-season and remained at Old Trafford once the transfer window closed.

Lingard has featured off the bench three times for United already this season, but after the high of scoring his first goal for the club since August 2020 against Newcastle, it was his mistake that led to Young Boys’ dramatic winner in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The 28-year-old has a role to play this season, however, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed United are in talks to try and extend his contract.

If no new deal is agreed Lingard could leave the club next summer and he will be free to talk to clubs from overseas from January 1.

“He’s got one year left on his contract and the club is talking to him and his dad. We see him as a Man United player in the future,” said Solskjaer.

“Jesse has come back into us after a great spell at West Ham he showed his qualities and got back into the England squad, scoring goals.

“We really want to see the best of him this season – we support him and we hope to keep him here with us, he’s a Red through and through.”

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent-off in that defeat in Switzerland, which could give Diogo Dalot the chance to impress in Europe.

The Portugal international was another player who stayed at Old Trafford this summer despite being linked with a move away and Solskjaer has backed him to make an impression this season.

“Diogo has had a very good summer with being called up to Euros, he did well for Portugal U21 and had a season on loan and learnt a lot in Milan,” he said.

“He kept fit, which was a big thing. He’s got qualities that we look at trying to exploit more and more of course he got more experience. We’re not here just to loan out players for years and years loan was to give him experience and game time and I think he did well when he came on the other night.”

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