Jesse Lingard will be hoping his previous form against Leicester could result in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer giving him his first Premier League start of the season.
The 28-year-old scored two goals against the Foxes in a Premier League clash at the London Stadium in April which helped West Ham to a 3-2 win.
After not playing for United at all in the Premier League last season, Lingard’s last top-flight goal for the Red Devils, prior to his strikes against Newcastle and West Ham in this campaign, came at the King Power Stadium in the 2-0 win on the last day of the 2019/20 season.
Lingard’s goal came after tackling Kasper Schmeichel to score, following a Bruno Fernandes penalty which ensured we came out on top in the Champions League qualification decider.
The England international will hope his goalscoring exploits against Brendan Rodgers’ side means that Solskjaer finds a way to fit him in the team come 2pm on Saturday.
Lingard recall uncertain
There is no denying that Lingard’s impressive cameos off the bench have warranted further game time.
But with the wealth of options Solskjaer has at his disposal, it’s hard to see who Lingard is going to get the nod over.
Competing against Fernandes for his favoured attacking midfielder position was always going to result in Lingard having to be patient.
But apart from maybe resting Fernandes for a game during the festive season, if the Portuguese international is fit, he will play.
The only other route into the side for Lingard is via the wings and that means competing against Mason Greenwood, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and his good friend Marcus Rashford.
It’s a tall order for Lingard to establish himself in this United side and with his contract expiring in June, a January move cannot be ruled out.
That won’t be something Solskjaer or the club will agitate for, but Lingard who shone at West Ham during the second half of last season will be craving regular first team football.
And it could mean that he is the one to push for a permanent move away from Old Trafford.
It would be a shame to see him go but with him having aspirations of booking a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad which will be announced in just over a year’s time, if his desire is to leave, it is understandable.
But if and when those talks do materialise in January, in the mean time, Lingard can still continue to have a major influence on games for Manchester United via the bench like he did to great effect against Villarreal.
He has been having a great impact on matches and if he does come on, this Leicester side will be well aware of the threat he poses.
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