Jesse Lingard is gradually becoming an important figure in the Manchester United squad. Hence, the status of his contract is gradually becoming a big cause of concern to the backroom staff of the club.
Before now, the 28-year-old English attacking midfielder looked like a player that was not in the plans of Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. This prompted him to join West Ham United on loan in January 2021.
In 16 Premier League games, Jesse Lingard scored nine goals for West Ham United. His performance impressed West Ham to the extent the club tried to give him a permanent contract.
However, the England international decided to return to Manchester United. His performance at West Ham increased his chance of playing more games at Old Trafford.
Throughout the 2021-2022 summer transfer window, West Ham United tried to sign Jesse Lingard but they could not convince Manchester United to let him go.
As it stands, Manchester United are no longer thinking of sending him on loan or selling him to any club. Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly trying to convince the English football star to stay.
Due to how much the coach wants him to stay, Jesse Lingard has played three Premier League games and one Champions League game so far this season.
In those four games, he has scored two goals. One of the goals was against West Ham United last weekend.
During the Premier League game against West Ham which ended 2-1, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer introduced him into the game in the second half when the scoreline was 1-1. He scored a stunning goal in the 89th minute that gave United the needed three points.
When he scored the goal, he decided not to celebrate because of the relationship he has had with the London-based club.
In an interview with United’s official website, Jesse Lingard said he decided not to celebrate when he scored against West Ham because of the reception the club gave him when he joined them on loan last season.
“They supported me in the loan spell and gave me a great reception, so it was only right to pay them back”, Lingard said.
His decision not to celebrate his well-crafted goal did not go down well with Liverpool and Man United legend, Micheal Owen who said “the only thing that is poor about the whole scenario is that he doesn’t celebrate”.
“I can’t believe players don’t celebrate when they score a goal against their old club, he was only there two minutes”, Owen told Premier League Productions.
“If he didn’t want to score if he’s not that happy don’t pull the trigger, pass the ball, if that’s the case.
“It’s the only thing that lets him down there because everything else is absolutely spectacular.”
Contract extension tussle: Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba are in the same shoe, Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes are a big concern
Just like Jesse Lingard, 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning French midfielder, Paul Pogba has less than a season left on his contract with Manchester United.
As Manchester United are in direct contact with Lingard to extend his contract before next winter, they are also trying to get Pogba to put pen to paper as soon as possible.
If Manchester United fail to extend the country of Pogba and Lingard before the end of this season, they will be free agents next summer.
Their contract will expire on June 30, 2022, and West Ham United are still waiting to cash in on Lingard. While FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus are reportedly eying Pogba.
In the case of Luke Shaw, the 26-year-old English left-back still has less than two seasons left on his contract with Manchester United. Despite still having a bit of time, Manchester United are thinking of offering him a new deal as soon as possible.
As for Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United are trying not to take any chances over his future. His contract with the club will expire on June 30, 2025, but the Premier League side are still thinking of making the 27-year-old Portuguese attacking midfielder more rooted at the club.
Manchester United are in direct contact with Jesse Lingard and his father since weeks – still hoping to extend his contract after opening proposal not accepted. Solskjaer is pushing directly with the player. 🔴🏴 #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 19, 2021
He’s in the ‘contracts list’ with Bruno, Pogba and Shaw. pic.twitter.com/8XPDlmY9xF