KEY POINTS

  • Man Utd are preparing to sell Jesse Lingard this summer
  • Lingard has scored just four goals this season
  • Even Paul Scholes believes the player will do well away from Man Utd

Manchester United reportedly are open to receiving offers for 27-year-old Jesse Lingard, who has fallen in the club’s pecking order following the emergence of Mason Greenwood this season. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate to bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford, it is clear Lingard is not on the boss' priority list anymore.

Lingard has scored four goals in the 2019-20 season in comparison to Greenwood's 17 goals in 47 games.

While Solskjaer is believed to be an admirer of Lingard, having coached him as a youth player at the club, it is understood Lingard’s stint with the former champions is nearing the end. Lingard’s current contract ends in the summer of 2021 and even though Man Utd have an option to extend his contract for another year, Solskjaer has decided to cash in on the winger, as reported by English publication The Guardian.

The report claimed Man Utd will not step back from selling their academy product Lingard if they receive a suitable bid for the attacking midfielder.

Anthony Martial (right) scored his first career hat-trick for Manchester United
Anthony Martial (right) scored his first career hat-trick for Manchester United POOL / Michael Regan

Lingard has scored in his last two appearances for Man Utd. He scored in Man Utd’s final league game of the season that was against Leicester City. While The Red Devils sealed the match 2-0, Lingard, who scored just before the full-time whistle, netted a Premier League goal for the first time since December 2018. Lingard was among the goal scorers in Man Utd’s 3-1 Europa League victory over LASK on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Just few minutes after his goal against LASK, Lingard was taken off the field. Solskjaer chose to do that despite knowing the winger may get little chance in their quarter-final fixture against Copenhagen in Cologne. Lingard, who has made 39 competitive appearances this season, clearly looked unhappy when he was substituted at the 63rd minute.

Paul Scholes, who spent his entire professional career at Man Utd, has backed Lingard’s move away from Old Trafford this summer.

“He is capable of more than he's showing at United. When he’s playing well he has something to offer but lately, he has not been good enough. Is he a starting XI player if you're going to win the league and big trophies at Manchester United? I’m not sure. I know what Jesse is capable of, I grew up with him, played with him, coached him in the reserves, but he has just become a squad player. He is a good lad, he just needs a run of games but I don’t think he will get that at United, maybe at a mid-table team like an Everton or West Ham,” said Scholes in a recent interview.

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