Sheffield United could make a January loan move for Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard, according to reports.
The Old Trafford attacking midfielder is set to go a full calendar year without starting a top-flight game. His last was on January 1 when United lost 2-0 at Arsenal.
This season his only two games for the Red Devils came in the EFL Cup in September.
Clearly, Lingard is not part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s plan as he enters the final six months of his contract.
And the 28-year-old is now pondering his next move.
Struggling Sheffield United could be the short-term solution, according to a report in the Manchester Evening News.
MEN say that Blades boss Chris Wilder spoke with Solskjaer about a loan deal for Lingard after Thursday night’s game at Bramall Lane.
The hosts took an early lead but remained bottom of the table on just one point after Man Utd hit back to win 3-2.
The two clubs have a good relationship although there’s one obvious problem.
Lingard is believed to earn £100,00 and the Old Trafford club want Sheffield United to pay the majority of that in any loan deal.
Lingard teammates may still have a future
While Lingard’s days at Man Utd look numbered, there could still be a future at the club for three others.
Phil Jones and Sergio Romero have been frozen out after being left out of the squad list. Marcos Rojo, meanwhile, has struggled with injuries.
Before the win at Sheffield United, Solskjaer gave an update on the trio.
“Marcos has just felt a niggle in his calf again,” the United boss said of the defender, who spent a period on loan at Estudiantes.
“He’s worked really hard to come back. He played a game with the reserves, got a knock there. Worked really hard again and then felt something, so he’s hopefully back in January, Marcos.
“Phil (Jones) should be ready by January and Sergio (Romero) has been training hard as well.”