Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. Naturally, competition for places is tough and a lot of talented players find it difficult to find regular minutes on the pitch. Even then, after the form that Jesse Lingard has shown since moving to West Ham United, one has to question whether he deserved more chances to play this season.
The English international spent the first half of the campaign struggling to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team plans before moving to West Ham United on loan in January.
There he has been brilliant though and is playing the best football of his career. After his brace against Leicester City today, he matched his best ever Premier League scoring tally for a single season of 8 goals.
According to Premier League’s stats, he has scored 8 goals and provided 3 assists in 9 appearances this season. Incredible numbers for any player, and it is drawing interest from clubs around England. And as reported by the Daily Star, Arsenal are keen on making a swoop for Lingard.
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Does Lingard have a future at Manchester United if he returns?
Lingard has a contract till the summer of 2022 with Manchester United. And while West Ham United are believed to be interested in signing him on a permanent basis, then do not have an option to buy in the loan deal, meaning they will have to agree a transfer fee with the Red Devils if the move is to happen. This could give Arsenal the chance to swoop and get a deal done themselves.
At this point of time, Lingard is believed to be rated at around £30 million by the Red Devils. But one has to first question, does he have a future at Old Trafford?
While his recent form has certainly been very promising, it is hard to see where he fits into Solskjaer’s team. Thus, Lingard’s long-term future might very well lie away from the club.