Man Utd make Jesse Lingard contract decision amid transfer interest

Manchester United are set to extend Jesse Lingard’s contract despite the midfielder barely featuring this term.

The 27-year-old has found opportunities hard to come by at Old Trafford, making just two appearances this term.

He has been linked with a move away from Manchester as he seeks more game time.

Lingard has less than 12 months to run on his current deal but United are set to exercise an option which keeps him on their books for a further year.

It means they will be able to recoup a fee rather than see the player walk away for nothing, reports The Star.

A switch abroad has been touted while Scottish duo Celtic and Rangers have both been credited with interest.

Lingard’s Man Utd contract is set to be extended

Lingard’s only outings this term have come in the EFL Cup when United’s main men have been rested.

He initially got off to a flying start when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over but has tailed off and is now someway down the pecking order.

His lack of exposure has also cost him on the international scene.

Having been part of England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 Lingard has now been axed from the Three Lions squad.

The midfielder has fallen out of favour under Solskjaer

The United academy graduate has made 175 appearances for the club and scored on 33 occasions.

Last season’s haul of four goals was his worst return since breaking into the first team however.

And with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek ahead of him it appears unlikely that Lingard will be able to once again establish himself as a regular.

He enjoyed loan spells away at Championship clubs earlier in his career, but will be aiming to remain at the highest possible level should he pursue pastures new.

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