Jesse Lingard is staying at Old Trafford
Gunnar Solskjaer and told him: My heart still belongs to Manchester.
Lingard, who has been at Old Trafford since the age of eight, joined Premier League
rivals West Ham on loan in January after slipping down Solskjaer’s pecking order.
The 28-year-old enjoyed a brilliant spell in east London, scoring nine goals and making
four assists in 16 games to almost force his way into England’s Euro 2020 squad.
While Gareth Southgate ultimately overlooked Lingard, his form has impressed Solskjaer
and forced the Red Devils boss to reconsider whether the player has a future at Old
Lingard, 28, accepted he had to leave Old Trafford in the short-term if he wanted first
team football, and he was an instant success at West Ham.
But despite also having an excellent relationship with Hammers boss David Moyes,
he has admitted to friends his big hope is to rebuild his United career.
Solskjaer has never slammed the door on his doing so, but Lingard is also aware that with
new faces set to arrive this summer, he is still far from guaranteed a regular start.
Juan Mata is another United star with a big decision to make, after being offered a new
deal – but with a pay cut to his current £170,000-a-week salary.
Mata, out of contract at the end of the month, has been offered reduced terms of around
£100,000, with higher clause-related bonuses.
Solskjaer is hoping to keep the Spanish midfielder, who is happy in Manchester despite
a lack of chances, and interest from Roma and his former club Valencia.
Meanwhile, United are keeping a close eye on Nathan Ake’s situation at City, as they
draw up a hit list of centre back targets.
Real Madrid’s Rafa Varane and Pau Torres, of Villarreal , are high on it – but Solskjaer
is also a big fan of Dutchman Ake.