Manchester United trigger one-year extension clause in Jesse Lingard’s contract with midfielder yet to make Premier League appearance this season January 1, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer

Manchester United have reportedly activated a one-year extension clause in Jesse Lingard’s contract.

The Red Devils midfielder is yet to play a single minute of Premier League football this season and has been restricted to just two Carabao Cup appearances.

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Lingard could still leave Manchester United in the forthcoming months

Lingard’s deal was set to run out at the end of the campaign, however, it is understood United have triggered another year in his contract.

The England international has struggled for form since the 2018 World Cup and has dropped further down the Old Trafford pecking order due to the arrivals of Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Lingard has had to self-isolate due to coronavirus on more than one occasion recently.

“He’s been working hard in training,” Solskjaer said.

“He’s been unfortunate with having to isolate a few times, been in contact, or close contact with Covid, not even having it himself.

“He’s been very unlucky being away from the training ground a few times. He works really hard.”

Solskjaer has left Lingard out of his matchday squads at times this season

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Solskjaer has left Lingard out of his matchday squads at times this season

Last week, talkSPORT’s transfer expert Alex Crook revealed a United exit was ‘inevitable’ for Lingard either in the January or summer transfer window with numerous Premier League clubs interested in signing him.

Crook told talkSPORT: “The problem for him when you look at the strength of the Man United bench on Sunday [against Leeds], is the club seem to have moved on.

“At the moment, he’s not part of the journey. An exit either in January or the summer is inevitable.

“There are plenty of Premier League clubs willing to give him the chance to relaunch his career.

“At this stage, I understand Sheffield United are the ones who are most keen. They’re in desperate need of creative spark, they’re really struggling for goals and wins this season.

“I know Brighton’s technical director Dan Ashworth, who worked with Lingard at England, is a fan.

“Then there’s the David Moyes connection at West Ham. Newcastle and Steve Bruce are also paying close attention to his situation.

“And what about Sam Allardyce? Would Lingard be the type of player that he believes could help West Bromwich Albion stay in the Premier League?”

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