There has been a lot of speculation in the media about Jesse Lingard this past week.
The England international spent the second half of last season on loan with West Ham and that led to some call-ups to the national squad, but Lingard was overlooked again for the November international break because he has not played enough football this season.
Lingard’s only start for United this term came in the League Cup and it is understood that he is looking for a move elsewhere. He has also managed two memorable goals against Newcastle and West Ham from a total of eight appearances this term.
On Friday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to the press but couldn’t give a solid update on Lingard’s contract. He still believes the midfielder has a role to play at United this season.
“Jesse is training really hard, really well, and he’s ready and available for me,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by ManUtd.com. “He’s definitely disappointed he’s not played more, of course.
“But with regards to contract situations, I’ve not been in the talks very closely, so for me Jesse’s still a big, important part of this squad. He gives energy and quality to the group every day.”
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Although the manager can understand Lingard’s frustration, questions really should be asked about why United passed on the opportunity to sell him last summer if he was bound to play so little this season?
“Every player wants to play as much as possible,” Solskjaer added.
“The thing with Jesse and all my players is they are working hard. I can’t fault the attitude and they’re ready when they’re called upon, when they’re playing.
“Jesse has done well when he’s played for us. He knows that with all the games coming up, that he’s going to play a part.”
After all, he could leave on a Bosman at the end of the campaign. Just like Paul Pogba…