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Jesse Lingard has turned down the chance to join Sheffield United on loan as he is ‘reluctant to drop into a relegation battle’, it has been claimed. Lingard recently signed a one-year extension at Manchester United but it is believed that was as much to protect the value of the player should they want to sell him, rather than because he is seen as a first team regular in the coming months.
United are happy for the 28-year-old to remain with the club for the second half of the 2020/21 campaign but are equally open to the player leaving on loan.
A number of clubs have made enquiries for the England international but there has not been a lot of concrete interest.
On Tuesday, Eurosport claimed Sheffield United had contacted the Red Devils about the possibility of taking both Lingard and Brandon Williams on loan for the rest of the season.
But with the Blades rooted to the bottom of the table on just five points from 18 games and nine points from safety, The Athletic claim ‘Lingard is reluctant to drop into a relegation battle and is happy to bide his time for alternative offers’.
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Lingard’s appearance against Watford in the FA Cup at the weekend was just his third outing of the season, with his other two coming in the EFL Cup back in September.
The Warrington-born midfielder has only been in the Red Devils’ Premier League squad for four games this season and was an unused substitute on each occasion.
There has been a significant decline in fortunes for Lingard in recent years, having previously been an integral part of not only the United side but also England, playing in all bar one of his country’s games on their way to the World Cup semi-finals.
Lingard has since revealed his struggles for form were partly down to his mother suffering with depression and him needing to look after his younger brother and sister.
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Speaking last summer, Lingard said: “This season has been difficult for so many reasons.
“I lost who I was as a player and person, but I never wanted to give up, I knew who I really was on and off the pitch and knew that having been there before I could get there again.
“This meant working harder than I’d ever done before and trusting in those around me that they knew how to best help me achieve that.
“I know the fans have been frustrated but in all this time my love for this club and everyone connected to it has never left me.
“This team, this club is my family and I will continue to keep working harder than ever to help this team achieve its goals.”
His comments came seven months after he first revealed the true extent of his off-field problems in an interview with BBC presenter Maya Jama as part of the #SoundOfSupport series.
Lingard explained: “I was the type of guy that liked to bottle things up, keep everything to myself, but various things happened and I felt it was the right time to speak out.
“Last season, I was going through some things off the field with my family so it was difficult for me to perform on the field.
“I’m very family-orientated and my mum was going through some things last year with depression…she went to London to get that sorted out so in the meantime, I had to look after my little brother and sister who are 12 and 15.
“I was still performing at the same time. You just get to that point where you’re like, ‘I’ve got to actually say something here’. I spoke to my family and stuff like that. It felt so much better.”
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