Man Utd misfit’s stance on January exit revealed amid Leeds, Everton links

Date published: Saturday 19th December 2020 9:13 - Steve Pearson

Jesse Lingard, Daniel James

A Man Utd forward’s stance on a potential departure in the winter window has been revealed amid ongoing uncertainty over his role within the squad.

A number of exits in the coming window have been speculated with a view to freeing up the financial might for acquiring new faces.

Dean Henderson’s promotion to back-up goalkeeper has left Sergio Romero out in the cold. The Argentine, along with Marcos Rojo are reportedly nearing the end of their Man Utd careers.

Jesse Lingard has attracted the interest of a Premier League rival, but he is not the only forward linked with leaving.

Daniel James has found game-time difficult to come by in the current season. With Mason Greenwood’s continued development and Edinson Cavani’s arrival, just 281 minutes of action in all competitions have been forthcoming.

His last start was on October 24 versus Chelsea. Rumours of a loan switch to Leeds have never fully gone away after he famously came close to joining the Yorkshire club in 2019.

However, according to the Manchester Evening News, the Welsh winger is determined to fight for his place within the Man Utd squad.

The outlet report that despite a move to Everton being touted, the 23-year-old is “enjoying life” under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Furthermore, he believes he can force his way back into the first-team despite the strong competition.

One factor that might change James’ mind over a move is his desire to achieve regular minutes ahead of the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament.

The competition will take place in the summer of 2021 following delays necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Solskjaer relishing Leeds tussle

Meanwhile, Solskjaer cannot wait to renew hostilities with Leeds this weekend as the old foes finally face one another again in the Premier League.

A lot has changed since the rivals’ last top-flight meeting in February 2004. Only two cup meetings have taken place during a period in which the Yorkshire side’s struggles even saw them drop to the third tier.

Solskjaer came off the bench in their last Premier League meeting and loved the regular clashes with Leeds, where his brace in a 4-3 win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in 2002 was a particular highlight.

“I can’t wait,” the former Man Utd striker said ahead of the Sunday’s first competitive meeting in nine years.

“It’s been too long, of course. I know how much it means for our supporters, I know how much it means for our club.

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