It’s no secret Jesse Lingard has an uncertain future at Manchester United. The 28-year-old isn’t commanding a starting place under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and knows he needs regular first-team football for the sake of his international prospects. His contract is also up next summer, so he could be a free agent in a matter of months.
Lingard was outstanding in last season’s loan spell at West Ham United and was unfortunate to be left out of England’s Euro 2020 squad, so he needs to make decisions that will benefit his career for club and country. Leaving the Red Devils is probably one of them, says Eurosport, as he’s behind Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the pecking order.
Dean Jones says Lingard is open to an exit and will welcome offers from Premier League clubs – West Ham and Newcastle United have been credited with an interest, but there may be suitors from abroad too. The £75k-per-week playmaker can operate on either flank and as an attacking-midfielder, so he’s very versatile.
Lingard’s stock has risen considerably following last season’s successful loan spell at West Ham. He scored nine goals and made five assists in 16 games but returned to Old Trafford without any change. The 28-year-old has made eight appearances across the board this campaign, scoring two goals with one assist, but he’s amassed only 154 minutes of playing time.
After lighting up the Premier League in 2020/21, Lingard can’t afford to waste away on the bench or out of the matchday squad. United won’t want to lose a valuable asset for nothing in July either, so a January sale might benefit all parties. The Red Devils would make some money on the academy talent while Lingard gets to move on quicker than next summer.
West Ham are currently fourth in the table, one place above Man Utd with a game in hand, so they wouldn’t be a bad option for Lingard. And Newcastle are the richest club in Europe following their recent takeover, so they could be an exciting project.