Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes final decision on Jesse Lingard future
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sell Jesse Lingard when the transfer window reopens, according to reports. The England international has dazzled at West Ham since moving in January, scoring nine goals and clocking up three assists from 14 Premier League matches. But his time at Old Trafford may now be over for good.
Manchester United gave Lingard his debut during Louis van Gaal’s time in charge.
After sparkling at youth level, and excelling during loan spells with the likes of Brighton and Derby County, the playmaker was deemed ready for the first team.
Lingard was a big asset during the Van Gaal era, scoring in the FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace in 2016.
And he was also key under Jose Mourinho, too, starring as the Red Devils won the Carabao Cup and Europa League under the 58-year-old.
Lingard stole the show on Solskjaer’s first game in charge, scoring twice in a 5-1 victory over Cardiff.
But the England international struggled under the Norwegian before joining West Ham in January, failing to make a single Premier League appearance.
Lingard has revived his career over at the London Stadium, however, recently winning the Premier League’s Player of the Month award.
Solskjaer previously stated he’d be happy to welcome the 28-year-old back to the club as a result, saying: “Jesse is a part of the club and he’s worked really hard.
“He deserves his chance to come back in and we know his qualities.
“We know that Jesse’s got different qualities to other players and he knows that we value him.”
Yet The Athletic say Solskjaer has decided to sell Lingard when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
That’s because the player’s value has increased and, with the England star having just a year left on his contract, it’s the club’s last chance to cash in.
West Ham, however, may miss out.
The publication states the Hammers will struggle to sign the United star on a permanent basis, with the Red Devils open to using Lingard in potential swap deals.
Talk of a move for Declan Rice has gathered momentum in recent times.
But United could also offer Lingard to Borussia Dortmund amid interest in Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho, of Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
West Ham boss David Moyes said on Friday that he wanted Lingard to stay, but did admit a permanent move to the London Stadium may not be ‘realistic’.
“I am not actually sure how realistic it is,” he said.
“Obviously, I think Jesse has enjoyed himself, I hope he has, we have enjoyed having him. He is Manchester United’s player, so they can decide what to do with him.
“If they want to let him go, let’s hope he would consider us as one of his options.”
Paul Merson said in April there would be ‘no point’ in Lingard returning to United – because he’d be stuck behind Bruno Fernandes in the pecking order.
“I don’t see him going back to Manchester United,” Merson told Sky Sports .
“He wants to play football. He’s gone to West Ham to play football, now he’s got the love back a bit.
“He lost a little bit of the love of the football, I think he lost his way a little bit. Now he’s loving football again, he’s playing.
“You want to play every week. There’s no point him going back to Manchester United and playing in the Carabao Cup games.
“For me, I think he’s got a chance of going. He’s fresh.”
Quizzed on a potential fee for Lingard, Merson then added: “I don’t know. It’s going up every week – that’s the problem!
“He’s scoring goals, he’s making goals. Fair play to David Moyes. He doesn’t get a lot of credit he deserves, he’s got a team there at West Ham.
“This team now, they’re breaking with pace. This is how David Moyes wants to play.”