Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels Jesse Lingard has a role to play at Manchester United and confirmed that the midfielder is part of the team’s plans for the 2021/22 season.
Lingard made his first appearance for Man United since returning from a loan spell at West Ham on Sunday. He was a second-half substitute in the ‘Red Devils’ first friendly of pre-season against Wayne Rooney’s Derby County.
The 28-year-old had a good season at West Ham, scoring nine goals in 16 appearances.
Solskjaer admitted Lingard’s determination to fight for his place has won him over and challenged him to continue the form he showed at West Ham now he’s back at his parent club.
“He came seven or eight days later than the rest but he’s a naturally fit boy. He’s a man, he played with a few boys but he’s one of the men,” said Solskjaer.
“Jesse has come back, been bright, he wants to fight for his place and there’s nothing better than seeing players want to fight for their place.
“What he did towards the end of last season, that’s the true Jesse, that’s what we know he’s capable of. I think we saw towards the end of the season that we lacked some options at times, so Jesse is in the plans at the moment.”
The midfielder has been linked with various teams; Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid. But no clubs have met United’s valuation as yet, and it seems they are prepared to make use of him until that happens, as per a report by 90min.
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By FARPost Reporter