Midfielder has uncertain future at Man Utd on transfer deadline day [opinion]

Jesse Lingard training with England by Кирилл Венедиктов, CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

Jesse Lingard has an uncertain future at Manchester United after struggling for playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but it remains to be seen if he’ll get a move before the summer transfer window shuts.

The 28-year-old has been linked with West Ham United after a successful loan spell last season, but the Hammers have since signed Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow which suggests they’re no longer in the market for Lingard.

If the England international stays at Old Trafford, however, it’s hard to see him getting many opportunities. Lingard managed only three appearances across the board last season, so he moved to West Ham for more playing time.

With Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba standing in his way of getting minutes in a central role while Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford are options out wide, a move away would stop Lingard spending the season on the periphery.

The 28-year-old rose through the youth ranks to United’s first-team in 2014/15 and has gone on to make 211 appearances in all competitions, scoring 33 goals with 20 assists, but his time in Manchester may soon be coming to an end.

He’s not commanding a starting place, is being reluctantly kept at Old Trafford and has better players keeping him out of the side. West Ham may no longer be in the running for Lingard either, so it’s hard to predict what will happen on deadline day.

The England international scored nine goals and made five assists in 16 games at West Ham last season, so he should have some interest. But with a £20m asking price and £75k-per-week/£3.9m-a-year wage demands, the soon-to-be 29-year-old won’t come cheap.

Summary

Lingard needs to leave United. The playmaker can’t afford to waste away on the bench after impressing at West Ham, but he’s left it late to bag himself a move. A return to East London is unlikely, so where will he end up?