Solskjaer makes mind up and will listen to offers for Man Utd man

Date published: Friday 7th August 2020 9:20 - Matthew Briggs


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will listen to offers for Jesse Lingard this summer, according to a report.

The Guardian claim that Solskjaer, although an admirer of Lingard, has decided that the 27-year-old “is deemed surplus to requirements”.

The emergence of 18-year-old Mason Greenwood has pushed Lingard down the pecking order. While United are also desperate to add England attacker Jadon Sancho to their ranks also.

Lingard is out of contract in the summer of 2021, while the club have an option to extend that by 12 months. Solskjaer though has not made any move to exercise that option and they will consider all suitable offers for Lingard this summer.

Lingard has openly admitted he has had a tough season at Old Trafford, but he has scored on his last two appearances.

There has been speculation surrounding his future, despite netting against Leicester and in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Lask.

That result eased United into the Europa League quarter-finals, but Lingard is unlikely to feature and he could struggle to make Solskjaer’s squad against Copenhagen

There is a feeling that Lingard’s inclusion in the last few games was simply to put the Warrington-born player in the shop window.

Solskjaer was though positive when speaking about the player last Tuesday.

“The more goals he has scored in training, I have seen his confidence grow. Jesse always stays back with the coaches, so that will come. No worries,” said Solskjaer at his Zoom pre-match press conference.

Sanchez’s £7.5m pay off

Alexis Sanchez TEAMtalk

Meanwhile, United are understood to have given Alexis Sanchez a payoff of about £7.5m in order for him to leave on a free transfer.

Inter Milan snapped Sanchez up on a three-year deal on Thursday with United happy to get the Chilean off the wage bill.

Sanchez, 31, still had two years to run at Old Trafford and his basic £390,000- a-week wages will save United around £40m.

And Duncan Alexander posted the staggering per-touch cost of Sanchez’s wretched time at Old Trafford.

The stats man claims that each time Sanchez touched the ball for United it cost a whopping £28,800, since his arrival in January 2018.

“I think the Alexis Sanchez move is a great one made by the club. Considering the conditions we managed to get Alexis, it was a really good transfer,” said Inter boss Antonio Conte.

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