Solskjaer underlines desire to keep Lingard

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed a new contract at Manchester United is on the table for Jesse Lingard.

Solskjaer was asked about Lingard at his pre-match press conference and underlined how much he wants to keep him.

Lingard is into the final year of his contract is seemingly weighing up his options ahead of the January window.

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Jesse has had a good start to the season, of course. He’s come on and scored a few goals for us; that’s been very important for us,” said Solskjaer.


“He knows what we want, we want to prolong his contract, we see him as an important player for us.

“It’s obviously up to him to get more playing time, it may be up to me giving him more playing time because he deserves to, but every time I pick a team, I have to leave some players out.

“Hopefully, we can get a deal sorted for Jesse because we really rate him, he’s a top player and top person who’s good to have around the club.”

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Lingard is reportedly a January target for Newcastle after their takeover.

He could be the first major signing of their new era, and few United fans could begrudge him the opportunity to get regular football and try and maintain his England ambitions.

But Lingard loves the club and may reason that being a squad player at Old Trafford is better than playing every week elsewhere.

Time will tell but Solskjaer has made his position clear while confirming a contract offer is on the table.

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