Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he wants Jesse Lingard to stay at Manchester United but the Norwegian manager faces the prospect of losing the 28-year-old midfielder on a free transfer next summer.
Lingard enjoyed a stellar half-season with West Ham in the last campaign and this week’s error against Young Boys aside, he has continued his goalscoring trend for both Manchester United and England this season.
Lingard scored two goals for England against Andorra earlier this month and added another to his tally against Newcastle last week.
Solskjaer has opened up on the situation, insisting the club remain in talks with Lingard’s representatives as he admits the player is in his plans.
🗣"We see him as a Manchester United player in the future. He is a red through and through."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals that Jesse Lingard is in his long term plans at the club. pic.twitter.com/2SiacQKt7R
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“He’s got this season left on his contract, of course, the club is talking to him and his dad. We see him as a Man United player in the future as well,” he told reporters ahead of this weekend’s visit to London Stadium, as seen above.
“Jesse’s come back to us after a great spell at West Ham, he showed his qualities. He’s back in the England squad, he scores goals for England.
“We really wanna see the best of Jesse this season. We support him and we hope to keep him here with us, he’s a Red – through and through.”
Despite stories linking him back with a move to David Moyes’ side, Lingard ended up staying at United for the season. United’s options in attack are frightening and although he will find it hard to keep his place in the team, last season’s resurgence shows he is well placed to do it.