Man Utd: Solskjaer hints at future role for Lingard
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Manchester United hope to raise £100million through player sales this summer, according to reports. And they’re primed to talk to Jesse Lingard about his future over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. The West Ham star has sparkled since moving to the London Stadium in January, scoring nine goals and registering three assists.
Manchester United saw Lingard struggle during the first half of the season.
The England international was stuck below Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the club’s pecking order, making just brief cameos in the Carabao Cup as a result.
With Lingard down in the dumps, United then decided to let him join West Ham on loan.
And the 28-year-old has been a huge hit at the London Stadium in the time since, spearheading the Hammers’ push for a place in Europe.
There have been conflicting reports about Lingard’s future, with some publications claiming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already decided to let the midfielder go.
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But Claret and Hugh claim United plan to sit down for talks with the England international about his future over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
And, what’s more, they’re hopeful of generating £100m in potential sales.
An insider is quoted as saying: “Ole wants to speak to a few players face to face and that includes Jesse – he feels it is only right they hear his thoughts and the club’s position directly.
“The end of the Bank Holiday is seen as the opportune window before a lot of the players then join up with their international squads, ahead of the Euros.
“United have their own ideas on Jesse but they are still in the dark as to what the player’s own stance is.
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“The Club hopes to raise over £100m this summer in sales and Lingard would clearly raise a decent amount towards that.”
Lingard may not be the only player to be shown the door.
Sergio Romero is expected to depart, with the Argentina international failing to make a single appearance for the first team this season.
Phil Jones may also be chopped, with the England star spending the campaign stuck on the sidelines.
And Paul Pogba could even jump ship as Juventus and Real Madrid continue to eye the 28-year-old, whose contract expires next year.
Paul Merson said in April there would be ‘no point’ in Lingard returning to United – because he’d be stuck behind 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.”
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