Solskjaer to sell Man Utd duo to make way for Grealish

Date published: Wednesday 26th February 2020 10:18 - Matthew Briggs

Manchester United will offload Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira in the summer, claims a report.

The Daily Express suggest that the midfield pair will be surplus to requirements with United stepping up their recruitment as they look for an improved Premier League finishing spot.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to leave both Lingard and Pereira out of the squad against Watford and both look to be heading out of Old Trafford.

Lingard, who has yet to score or assist in 20 Premier League appearances this season, was also left out of the squad against Chelsea and looks unlikely to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020.

Pereira, 24, has fared slightly better scoring once and grabbing three assists in 23 Premier League games, but is seems as though Solskjaer has made his mind up.

“We’ve picked a squad of 18 that we felt it was the right 18 here,” Solskjaer told MUTV when asked about why Lingard and Pereira were missing from the squad against Watford.

“We’ve got cover on the bench for wide-men, forwards, midfielders and defenders so that was a decision I made.”

 

 

 

The report claims both Pereira and Lingard have “limited their social media use amid their ongoing struggles”, while it’s also claimed Lingard was warned in the summer he was “on his final chance”.

Lingard, 27, is under contract until 2021, with the option of another year, while Pereira has another three years, with another 12-month option.

It looks like Solskjaer has already lined up a replacement with United are reportedly ready to step up their bid to sign Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

The Villa skipper has been an outstanding presence for his side this season, despite their struggles in the Premier League, but is expected to be sold if they are relegated.

And the Manchester Evening News reports that United will push forward with a move for the 24-year-old to try and get ahead of their rivals, which include Liverpool, for the player’s signature.

 

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