Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shows no problems with Jesse Lingard in telling training footage
Jesse Lingard lit up the Premier League on loan at West Ham last season but, now back at Manchester United, the arrival of Jadon Sancho has cast doubt over whether his future lies at his boyhood club.
Jesse Lingard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shared a moment of laughter in training despite rumours circulating that he is on the radar of several other Premier League clubs.
After Solskjaer’s permanent appointment as Manchester United manager in 2019, Lingard struggled to get game time at Old Trafford and was consequently sent out on loan to West Ham last season.
But it was there that the 28-year-old reignited his career, scoring nine goals in 16 appearances for the Hammers and helping them secure Europa League football, which consequently led to Lingard being included in England’s 30-man provisional Euro 2020 squad.
Now back at United, Lingard is keen to show manager Solskjaer what he is capable of.
But whether he will have the opportunity to do so remains to be seen as rumours are circulating that both Everton and West Ham are preparing bids for the England international.
However, footage from a recent training video shows that Lingard looks very much at home with the United squad, and in the good books of Solskjaer too.
A video showed the Norwegian boss tipping the remains of his bottle of water over the head of Lingard after a tough training session in the summer heat, who chuckled at the refreshing downpour.
After United’s pre-season match against Derby, Solskjaer revealed that he wants to keep Lingard at the club next season.
He said: "Jesse has come back, he’s been bright and he wants to fight for his place.
"There’s nothing better than seeing players willing to fight for their place. Of course, what he did towards the end of the season, that is the true Jesse.
"That’s what we know he is capable of. I think we saw towards the end [of our own season] that we lacked maybe some options at times.
"He's still in my plans. I expect him at Man Utd at the start of the season."
However, that decision may be out of Solskjaer’s hands considering Lingard is out of contract in 12 months and the board may want to cash in on him before it’s too late.
The Manchester United academy product will be forced to decide whether he wants to stay and make an impact again for the Red Devils’ over the next few years or leave United permanently for the first time in his career.
According to Football Insider, they were told by a recruitment source that Lingard is keen to join West Ham but only if they better his current contract at United.
This could mean making the versatile attacker the biggest earner at the London club on a long-term contract, which is expected to upset highly sought after Declan Rice, who many believe should be on a more lucrative contract anyway.
It remains to be seen where Lingard will be playing his football next season, but what we do know is that if he picks up where he left off in the last campaign then he will be a roaring success.