Jesse Lingard is reportedly set to be sold by Manchester United this summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer losing complete confidence in the midfielder.
Lingard has been relegated to a back-up role since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January, while the loan move for Odion Ighalo has given the Red Devils chief another option across the front three.
That has meant Lingard is now only considered for less important matches, with the England international starting last week’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Derby.
The 27-year-old has only recently recruited Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola, which has made a move in the next transfer window appear far more likely.
Indeed, Solskjaer is looking to bring in at least one of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and James Maddison in the summer, with Pogba almost certainly moving on to either Real Madrid or Juventus.
If United do plan to add another attacking midfielder and potentially another striker to the squad, that would force Lingard even further down the pecking order and an exit appears inevitable.
The report adds that Lingard still regards himself as one of the best number 10s operating in European football, which is at odds with Solskjaer’s appraisal of the player.
Solskjaer is said to have has been underwhelmed by his performances on the pitch this season and there are also reportedly questions over how he applies himself in training.
As yet there has been no firm interest in the player, who suffered awful abuse from so-called supporters after United’s win at Derby, and it remains to be seen how much United could fetch for a player whose career appears to be on the slide – despite his relatively young age.
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