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Jesse Lingard set for Manchester United stay in January

The January transfer window opens in under two weeks and we’ll be keeping a close eye on players leaving Manchester United.

Unless a target becomes available, we’ve been told not to expect much activity in the market, although Ralf Rangnick will try to trim the squad he inherited.

One of the players being linked with a move away from Old Trafford is Jesse Lingard.

After impressing on loan at West Ham last season, the England international has only made eight Premier League appearances (as a substitute) this season, with his only starts coming in the League Cup and Champions League.

Lingard not getting sufficient playing time was always going to lead to speculation that the 29-year-old could leave, with his contract set to expire in the summer.

According to The Athletic, Newcastle United do not intend to pursue the situation at present. That likely means they will wait until the summer to try sign Lingard on a Bosman.

The report suggests Lingard will now set his mind on battling for a way into Rangnick’s plans, but surely the board are going to try move him out next month instead of losing him on a free in six months’ time?

I’m not against Lingard staying but it’s time for a decision. We can’t keep allowing players to run down their contracts.

Paul Pogba finds himself in a similar situation and it’s set to cost United millions!

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