Manchester United will reportedly listen to offers for Jessie Lingard in this summer’s transfer window.
Lingard scored his second goal in consecutive games against LASK on Wednesday, but cut a frustrated figure when he was substituted just after.
His two recent goal scoring cameos won’t be enough to save his career at his boyhood club, with the Guardian reporting that the 27-year-old has been deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
The Guardian’s report acknowledges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s admiration of Lingard, who has also coached the out-of-favour versatile forward at youth level.
Lingard’s contract expires next summer, but United are prepared to let him go this summer if the right offer is made.
Solskjaer will understand the importance of jettisoning players no longer in his plans as he looks to accelerate his rebuild this summer.
And he will once again exemplify his ruthless edge in the transfer window if he sanctions the sale of Lingard, a player that was once a favourite during his reign as manager.
While Lingard still has plenty to offer at a high level, he has proven time and time again at United that he lacks the quality needed to make an impact in a potentially title-challenging side.
Solskjaer has already offloaded the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Matteo Darmian who he understood did not have a long-term future at the club.
Lingard’s exit could free up space in the squad for the arrival of another creative outlet, or make the pathway clearer for progression into the first-team for academy prospects such as Hannibal Mejbri.