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Fernandes sends Man Utd clear message over how to deal with Lingard future

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Bruno Fernandes, Jesse Lingard, Cristiano Ronaldo Man Utd goal celeb v West Ham at the London Stadium

Bruno Fernandes has seemingly made it very clear about what Manchester United should do about Jesse Lingard’s current contract situation.

The latest reports suggest that the England midfielder will reject a new contract offer at Old Trafford, with his current deal running out at the end of the season. Indeed, Lingard was tipped for a permanent exit over the summer after his impressive loan spell at West Ham last season.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly blocked the player’s exit. The Red Devils boss planned to use the 28-year-old this term, but that has not fully materialised as yet.

Lingard has made just three appearances off the bench in the Premier League, scoring in two of those games.

However, as far as he is concerned that is not what Solskjaer promised him. To that end, the attacking midfielder is once again considering all his options.

The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that Barcelona and AC Milan are considering a January offer for the player. That follows on from West Ham’s interest in a permanent deal, while Leicester and Newcastle are also keen.

But if Fernandes has his way, then Lingard will be going nowhere.

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Lingard wrote in The Players’ Tribune: “After that Bruno Fernandes referred to me as the ‘best player in the Premier League’ in an interview with United … me!!

“Can you believe that?!? That’s coming from Bruno!

“I’ve got a lot of love for Bruno. He was dropping me messages of support throughout my loan. To get that recognition from someone at his level was just amazing.”

If Lingard does decide he wants to leave for nothing this summer then United have a major decision to make.

The player was rated in the £30million bracket over the summer. However, recent reports suggest that the Red Devils will now do business for £15m in January.

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Meanwhile, Thomas Frank insists he is “insanely happy” at Brentford amid claims he will be considered for the Manchester United job were they to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer will celebrate three years as Old Trafford boss in December, but he has not always enjoyed good form. In fact, he has faced numerous spells of pressure amid some poor results. The lack of silverware has not helped either.

Still, departing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward claimed after Solskjaer signed his new contract that he can see progress.

But amid another rocky patch of form which has seen United exit the Carabao Cup and lose in the Champions League, they face a tough run of fixtures.

Indeed, should the Norwegian fail to end their five-year trophy wait this season, the axe will surely fall.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank

To that end, one pundit claims the axe should fall on the “utterly clueless” coach and this top-drawer replacement brought in.

One man who has recently been linked with the Old Trafford hotseat is Bees boss Frank. The Dane has raised his high profile on the back of Brentford’s hugely-impressive start to life in the Premier League.

And that has led to claims that both Arsenal and United could seek to bring him in were Mikel Arteta or Solskjaer to be axed.

However, Frank is adamant that he remains happy at the Brentford Community Stadium and has no wish to leave.

He told “So, I understand that well, but… Arsenal and United. Wasn’t that how it was? I think I read that at some point.

“It’s very nice, but one thing is rumours, and the other is if they really wanted to contact me. Then we have to take it from there.

“I have a contract until 2023. I’m insanely happy at Brentford. It’s a club that means a lot to me and where I have had great times.

“I enjoy working with our director of football, owners, players, staff and fans.

“It’s the club who must come to me, but now we must see what the future brings. I know we have a mutual respect and a good relationship with each other on that.”

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