Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to grant Jesse Lingard’s wish of a loan move away, reports claim. The England international has struggled over the past 18 months, with injury and inconsistency preventing him from kicking on. Newcastle, West Ham, Tottenham and Nice have all been linked with the playmaker, who was a vital player during the Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal eras.
United had high hopes for Lingard when he was rising through the Old Trafford ranks.
He was given his debut by Van Gaal at the start of the 2014/2015 season, starting their 2-1 defeat to Swansea.
Lingard helped United win the FA Cup under the Dutchman and, during Mourinho’s spell at the helm, propelled them to EFL Cup and Europa League glory.
However, under Solskjaer, he’s toiled.
The England international sparkled at the beginning of the 47-year-old’s reign but, over the past 12 months, has regressed.
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A final decision about Lingard’s immediate future is set to be made in the coming days, with Woodward now having the final say over what happens.
But, with the playmaker yet to make a single Premier League appearance this term, it seems likely he’ll be on the move.
Former United star Dimitar Berbatov thinks Lingard’s time is up.
He told Stadium Astro recently: “Honestly, his time is up. He’s not playing. He had his chances to shine, to prove how good he is, how good he can be.
“It shows that, for the moment, Ole does not trust him enough to play him and honestly he doesn’t have anywhere to play in the team right now.
“So when you’ve been so long in one team and, coming to 28 [years old], you have to look back and say, ‘Did I achieve enough? Am I happy with what I’ve done here? Is my time up?’
“So I think he need to move, he needs to go somewhere else to play.”
Solskjaer kept his cards close to his chest when asked about Lingard recently.
“Jesse is part of our group,” the United boss told Sky Sports.
“Of course we have not seen the best of Jesse, we’ve not seen a lot of Jesse this season, for different reasons.
“He has got a year and a half left on his contract, I speak to Jesse more or less every day so our communication is really good.
“He works really hard in training and he is ready for his chances when they come and we just take it from there.”