Jesse Lingard might leave Man United permanently or on loan this January, here is why

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Manchester United winger, Jesse Lingard is reportedly determined to leave the Premier League club this coming January transfer window.

The 28-year-old attacking midfielder is reportedly tired of not having a regular game time at the club despite the promise of coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in July 2021 that the English winger is still in his plans.

Recall that Jesse Lingard tried to break into Solskjaer’s squad last season after the footballer lost his place due to a poor run of form. His inability to play in the squad forced him out of England’s national team.

When it became obvious that he could not break into the Red Devils, he agreed to join West Ham United on loan in January 2021.

While at West Ham United, the 28-year-old attacking midfield gave a very good account of himself to the extent he scored 9 goals and provided five assists in 16 appearances.

The coach of West Ham United, David Moyes was so impressed with Lingard’s performance that he wanted the English attacking midfielder to sign a permanent deal.

However, Jesse Lingard decided to return to Manchester United to fight for his place with the backing of coach Solskjaer.

Unfortunately for the attacking midfielder who is used mostly as a winger, Manchester United decided to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. The return of Ronaldo to United reduced Lingard’s chances of playing regularly.

Hence, so far this season, he has managed to play 8 times in all competitions in which he scored 2 goals and provided an assist. He managed to start only a match under Solskjaer so far this season.

Jesse Lingard and his contract with Manchester United

Jesse Lingard and coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Jesse Lingard and coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Jesse Lingard is a product of the Manchester United youth system and has spent most of his football career at the club.

His current contract with the club will expire on June 30, 2022, which means that he has less than seven months left on his contract with the club.

Though coach Solskjaer has not been able to find a means to play him regularly, Manchester United are still very interested in keeping him at the club.

Hence, the club has been discussing with Lingard over a possible contract extension until this week. But Lingard has made the negotiation so difficult that the deal collapsed on Thursday, November 18.

Reports in England claimed that the out of favor England international is determined to leave the club either on loan or permanently when the January transfer window opens.

If Lingard exits the club on loan this January, that means he would be free to leave Manchester United on a free transfer next summer.