It looks like Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is against the notion of letting the wantaway player leave this month. The Red Devils’ approach to January transfer window was predetermined. While the summer transfer window saw a number of new additions, this one was bound to be one where they let the players leave.
And as foreseen, the United management is considering getting rid of a number of players, who are demmed to be surplus to Solskjaer’s requirements. Timothy Fosu-Mensah has already left the Old Trafford outfit in search of regular game time, joining Bayer Leverkusen for a reported £1.8 million transfer fee.
The likes of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero are thought to be next in line. There were rumours of Jesse Lingard leaving the side as well in the last summer transfer window and leading up to this window as well.
But as far as reports are concerned, the United academy graduate might not get to leave his childhood club this January. A story from ESPN believes that Solskjaer is unwilling to part ways with Jesse Lingard in the middle of a crucial 2020-21 campaign.
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Manchester United looking to hold onto Jesse Lingard
Marseille, Porto, Inter Milan, Nice, Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United and West Ham United are believed to be potential suitors for the Englishman.
Solskjaer is aware of Lingard‘s minimal game-time this season but he doesn’t want to risk losing a hefty number of players in one single window. The Englishman has managed just three appearances – one in the FA Cup and two in the League Cup. Should he want to make it into the national team squad for the EUROs next summer, he needs to be playing regular football.
His drop down the pecking order following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek to some extent has been expected. Now Lingard’s thirst for regular football can only be quenched by him joining another club, where he will be a key figure in the first-team.
Manchester United recently triggered the optional one-year extension in Lingard’s contract, extending his stay till June 2022. Since sacking his agent, Mino Raiola, his family members have been taking care of his contract situation.
As per the story, Solskjaer is happy with the ‘dedication and commitment’ the 28-year-old has shown in training. With United set to make a run for the title and still three trophies to play for, chances could come Lingard’s way, sooner or later. Patience could be key.