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Lingard to ask for Manchester United exit if Solskjaer can’t guarentee regular game time

Jesse Lingard will look to leave Manchester United before the closure of the transfer window if he is not guaranteed regular minutes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Lingard failed to make a Premier League appearance for the Red Devils last season before a January loan move to West Ham, the midfielder reigniting his fortunes during a productive spell at the London Stadium.

 

The 28-year-old scored nine goals in just 16 league appearances for the Hammers, his performances earning Lingard a recall to the England squad after an almost two-year absence.

West Ham had been keen to sign the player on a permanent basis, but have been unwilling to meet his £25m valuation.

Lingard impressed during the Red Devils’ pre-season campaign and scored during a behind-closed-doors friendly against Burnley this week after completing a period of isolation after contracting Covid-19, though faces significant competition for places with Bruno Fernandes established in an advanced midfield role.

The Times are reporting that while Lingard would be ‘loath’ to leave his boyhood side, he acknowledges that his England chances will be severely hindered if he is not guaranteed regular minutes at Old Trafford, and will seek assurances over his game time.

United are understood to have received ‘tentative enquiries’ regarding the midfielder during the summer transfer window so far, though there have been no formal offers for a player who has entered the final season of his contract.

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