After talks over a new contract fell through, Jesse Lingard’s future at Manchester United is in doubt. The England midfielder’s current contract expires next summer, and United intended to prolong his stay at Old Trafford after a successful loan spell at West Ham in the second half of last season.
Lingard chose to stay at Manchester United this season despite six clubs expressing interest, hoping that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would give him greater playing time.
Lingard has only started one game this season, the EFL Cup loss to West Ham in September. He’s also appeared as a substitute seven times for a total of 76 minutes. Even though he was left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup qualifying victories against Albania and San Marino, he has played more games for England this season than he has for United.
Lingard is one of several players who have been perplexed by Solskjaer’s choice not to give more players a chance as the team attempts to halt a poor run of results that includes a 5-0 home loss to Liverpool and a 2-0 loss to Manchester City.
On Saturday, United will face Watford in the Premier League, Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday, and Chelsea on Sunday, November 28. Lingard, who has been at United since he was seven years old, is thought to see little purpose in continuing talks in the current situation and will instead look for a loan move in January.
Source: BBC Sport