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Manchester United might need to offload six more players this summer

Manchester United have a 31-man first team squad at this moment in time which consists of experienced players and players who have come through the clubs academy, that might yet be loaned out this summer. If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to bring in more new faces to join Donny van de Beek at the Old Trafford club, he might yet need to clear a few more players out from the club to make room. United need an injection of quality this summer as other than the starting XI and a few other players, there is a severe lack of quality in the squad.

It is possible that six players could leave the club this summer, even after Alexis Sanchez, who left as a free agent and signed for Inter Milan. Chris Smalling is linked with an exit to AS Roma, a club that he spent last season on loan with, which saw him quickly find his feet in Italy and look to be heading back to his best after a turbulent few years at United. Two other defenders could be on their last legs at United; Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones. Rojo was loaned out to Estudiantes in January with Jones missing much of the season due to injury, again.

Solskjaer may not allow three central defenders to leave the club this summer, without one coming in although Axel Tuanzebe should be fit this month and Solskjaer has Teden Mengi coming through the ranks in the academy but one signing would be good this summer, if a player is available that would benefit the squad. United cannot continue with Rojo and Jones at the club though and will need to part ways with them sooner or later as they do not offer much benefit in the squad moving forward.

Andreas Pereira is another player who could find it hard to continue at United as the club has better players that him on the squad. The arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January made things hard for Pereira and Van de Beek’s arrival has made it even more difficult for him. Pereira has passion but in terms of what kind of player he is, it is not all that obvious as he’s played defensive midfield, central midfield, attacking midfield and even as a winger – he just does not seem to have an established role at United.

Jesse Lingard is another player that would benefit away from Old Trafford, as would United benefit from his departure. I have nothing against him but over the last two years or so, there has been little output from the player – he literally scored his first Premier League goal of the season in United’s final game against Leicester City. Off the field, his life had been dealt a blow with the illness of his mother but that is not excuse not to put in the work and find the form needed to be a footballer. United would be much better off if they could find a buyer for the player.

The last of the six players is Sergio Romero. It is not ideal that he might leave the club as for the past five years he has been the best number two goalkeeper in the Premier League. The Argentinian has been linked to Everton, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Chelsea, although the latter does not seem to be a viable option with the club looking at alternatives. There was suggestion that Villa were close to completing a deal for the player last week but nothing has happened yet.

Solskjaer has been seeking to rebuild United since he replaced Jose Mourinho as the manager of the club in December 2018 after his sacking. He initially did well then in March 2019 he was made the permanent manager and things stuttered that season with United seeking to make improvements during the 2019/20 season. The season started well, stuttered again but after Fernandes’ arrival, United changed completely and earned a third-placed finish in the Premier League, earning UEFA Champions League football for the 2020/21 season.

So far this summer, United have signed Van de Beek from Ajax. They have been linked to Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund all summer but the deadline to sign the player elapsed with the German club seeming determined to keep the player for the 2020/21 season. United still have him as their number one target though. With the midfield the best it has been since Sir Alex Ferguson managed the club, signing a central defender, aa left-back, a right-winger and a striker would be good for the club but only so much can happen this summer.

Written by John Walker

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must offload players to make Jadon Sancho signing

Manchester United must offload a string of players the summer in order to compete the signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. United will need to pay £108 million for the 20-year-old and now that their season has come to an end, a year and five days since it started, the club will now have the time to engage in the summer transfer market in a bid to strengthen the squad this summer, adding players that will make the difference, not stutter and end up failing, like some of the current squad.

The Standard has claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must end some careers at the club in order to have sufficient funds to get deals across the line this summer. Despite the supposed deadline to sign Sancho passing a week ago, United are still seeking to sign the English winger and are quickly coming to terms with the fact that they will need to pay the price that Dortmund want to receive for the player. Which is the position that should have been in before the deadline expired.

It is suggested that Solskjaer would like to make to more key signings as United lack depth in some areas, which has been seen by the clubs exit from the UEFA Europa League at the hands of Sevilla after suffering another 2-1 defeat to the Spanish side. It is suggested that a central defender and a midfielder would be brought in, in addition to Sancho, if the club managed to get Dortmund to part company with the player after the supposed deadline expired a week ago.

It has been stated that in the midfield area, both Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira have no future at the Old Trafford club. Both players have been at the club for a number of years and in the past two seasons, both players have not done enough to warrant a place in United’s squad. United will need to have strength in depth at the club and having players that can make a difference will be needed and both Lingard and Pereira have failed to do that when it matters the most.

In defence, United also have a number of players who are not adding much to the squad right now. These players are Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot. Granted, Smalling has been on loan during the 2019/20 season, playing for AS Roma and there is a chance that the club could permanently sign the defender this summer, although Inter Milan are said to be interested too. Rojo was loaned out in January too. But for Jones and Dalot, neither have been involved much this season.

Solskjaer recently spoke about the summer transfer window, which so far the club have not made a move and will need to do so during the next month in order to have players in at the club before the new Premier League season starts. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, it is suggested that United are losing out on £4 million per home match with supporters not yet allowed into stadiums. The Sun quoted Solskjaer as saying:

“I cannot say when or if transfers will be done, but we are looking at it. We have to be 100 per cent sure when we make those deals.

“It’s not about a marquee signing, it’s about quality. The right personality that fits into the group.”

Written by John Walker

Manchester United to offload Jesse Lingard this summer – reports

Manchester United will listen to offers for attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard this summer according to the Guardian. The 27-year-old has been nothing but inconsistent for the past two years which has resulted in United carrying the player, seemingly the decision behind the factor that he has no future at the Theatre of Dreams. Lingard has been suffering family problems for a while but that is no excuse for poor form.

In any other job, if problem at home affected your role, you would be pulled up for a lack of performance which could result in disciplinary action or the employee forced to take time off to avert the problems. Whilst it is admirable regarding what he did, it does not really serve as an excuse and the player should not be unhappy with any decision that might have been made.

Ever since Bruno Fernandes was signed by United in January, Lingard has been left with such a challenge in order to regularly start in the first team, a void that may not be matched by the player. Sir Alex Ferguson said he would be a late developer in the game, which was the case but his peak seems to have come and gone in relatively quick succession, which is a shame as at times, he looked like he was going to be great.

During the 2019/20 season, Lingard has so far made a total of 39 appearances for United, coming off the bench in the final Premier League match of the season, and scoring then starting in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg, scoring the equaliser in that game. Lingard has scored four goals and two assists, which at his stage of his career should be a lot better considering the number of appearances.

Lingard’s contract will expire in the summer of 2021 although there is an option for another year to be added in that contract which might not happen. United will listen to offers for the player and providing the right offer comes, the player will be allowed to leave. Transfermarkt currently suggest that he’s worth £15.75 million, which might be too much based on the performances he has had this season but you never know.

So far this summer, United have gotten rid of Alexis Sanchez who never really fitted in at the club but was on an astronomical wage which did not offer value for money. The Chilean who arrived from Arsenal in a player swap for Henrikh Mkhitaryan has permanently signed for Inter Milan. Whilst it is a shame when players lose form and offer nothing moving forward, United will need to either find a way to change things or move on. United had given Lingard many chances which has not worked.

Written by John Walker

Jesse Lingard admits feeling lost during the season which he says was difficult

Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard has admitted that he was ‘lost as a player and as a person’ during the 2019/20 season. The player is now into his last year of his contract, which is set to expire in the summer of 2021, although there is an option of a further year to be added. The player made a total of 38 appearances during the course of the season, scoring three goals and two assists, which is not good enough for a United player with high standards expected going into next season.

Lingard made just nine Premier League starts during the course of the season but he has opened up on his personal struggles, which does not excuse the fact he has been poor, stating that the season has been ‘difficult for so many reasons’. The 27-year-old has been looking after his younger siblings after his mother became ill but he has struggled to cope, losing his form and looking dejected more often than not. He will need to put all of this past his and fins his feet or face an exit from the club. On his Instagram page, also reported by The Mirror, Lingard stated

“This season has been difficult for so many reasons. I lost who I was as a player and person, but I never wanted to give up.

“I knew who I really was on and off the pitch and knew that, having been there before, I could get there again.

“It meant working harder than I’d ever done before and trusting in those around me that they knew how to best help me achieve that.”

Lingard knows that the supporters of the Old Trafford club have been frustrated by his performances and if he was going through so much away from the club, perhaps he should have taken time away to deal with things, rather than try to play though it as that just makes things worse. Perhaps he has now learned that he will need to offload things. This could have all but ended his career at United, especially if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brings in some new faces this season, that could severely cut his playing time at the club. Lingard concluded by saying:

“I know the fans have been frustrated, but in all this time my love for this club and everyone connected to it has never left me.

“This team, this club, is my family and I will continue to keep working harder than ever to help this team achieve its goals.”

United may have achieved their main objective this season; reaching the UEFA Champions League but it was not something that Lingard personally helped achieve. He will know that and many may feel that I am being harsh. However, when you play for United, you will need to ensure that you always give 100% as there will always be another player willing to give that, tasing your place in the squad. Lingard could be a wanted man this summer with West Ham United interested in signing him but he could well be given another chance at United, unless Solskjaer has made his decision already, which may or may not be the case.

Written by John Walker

Manchester United put six players on transfer list ahead of summer window opening – reports

Manchester United are willing to listen to offers for six first team players as they look to raise money to fund further transfers this summer, also clearing the wage bill to make way for any new faces the club brings in this summer. Reports have suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seemingly ended the United careers of these players.

United are said to be welcoming bids for Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot with Solskjaer keen to bolster his squad ahead of an new era at the club, which started with his appointment after the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December 2018. The Norwegian has helped six players out of the door already.

Solskjaer is keen to get United ticking again, like they did in his days as a player for the club, then led by Sir Alex Ferguson, a manager that Solskjaer would like to emulate at the club and could do with full support of the Scotsman. We have seen from recent matches that fast-paced attacking football is the style that he wants at the club.

Solskjaer, albeit temporarily, got rid of Smalling and Sanchez for the current season on loan with the club seemingly interested in ending the careers of the duo at United, if clubs would like to purchase them. Sanchez would be the harder of the two to get rid of because of his high wages. Smalling would like to remain in Italy past this season.

Rojo has not played much football this season and was loaned to Estudiantes in Argentines during the January transfer window with Jones not playing much football at all, being injured since the Premier League resumed last month and possible unlikely to have any further involvement with the club this season.

Lingard has fallen down the pecking order massively as what he has offered the club during Solskjaer’s tenure at the club, and before that, is lacking what is needed from a player representing United and you can see he’s not in the Norwegian’s plans as he has no involvement in matches, last playing against Norwich City in the FA Cup last month.

In regards to Dalot, his United career is two years in the making and it might be harsh to let him go so soon but he’s not going to get past Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the right-back position or either Luke Shaw or Brandon Williams in the left-back role. Solskjaer has used him further forward but that did not work out for him either.

Solskjaer seems to see more in Ethan Laird, who has been training with the first team for a while now, which says more about Dalot. Not every player will make it work at United, especially after coming to the club under the watch of a different manager, who had high hopes for the player. Solskjaer knows what he wants and what he has not got.

It could well be an exciting summer for United, if they can get different clubs interested in these six players, which could clear the way for some new faces at the club this summer and some places in the squad for some of the younger, talented players within the clubs academy, which is the route to success that Ferguson took all those years ago.

Jesse Lingard wanted by both West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United as Manchester United future looks bleak – reports

West Bromwich Albion are reportedly plotting a move for Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard, who seems to be out of favour at the Theatre of Dreams. It is also suggested that West Ham United manager David Moyes is interested in signing the 27-year-old along with out of favour defender Phil Jones.

In the recent past, Leicester City, Newcastle United and Everton have all been linked to Lingard. The Independent suggest that the Baggies will go all out for the 27-year-old this summer providing they secure Premier League football next season. Slaven Bilic’s side moved to the top spot in the Championship after a 2-0 victory over Derby County on Wednesday.

Lingard will most likely be one of the Croatian’s top transfer targets this summer, which would be good for United as the more interest in the player, the more chance he will leave the club as for well over a year now, he has been pointless at the club not even looking semi-decent in his only appearance since the restart of the Premier League.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been looking to add quality to his squad this summer with moves for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish reported in the media, however, the fees quoted for each player would certainly mean that United would not sign both players, as much as they would like to.

This season, Lingard has made 36 appearances for United in the Premier League, UEFA Europa League, Carabao Cup and the Emirates FA Cup, scoring two goals and two assists, which for a player that should be in the peak of his career is dreadful. He would be out of contract next summer, although there is an option for a further year to be added.

At this stage, United will need to offload many of the players who have continually failed to reach any kind of impact at United. In his time at the club, Lingard was always known as a late developer. He has made 203 appearances at the club scoring 31 goals and 20 assists, which is poor for a player in the attacking ranks. Mason Greenwood has scored 15 goals this season alone, which provides a comparison.

Manchester United must sell four or five players to sign the likes of Jadon Sancho this summer – reports

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to sell four or five players this summer if he is to make a move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, or any other player that would cost the club a lot of money this summer. It is suggested that both Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez will have to be sold.

Obviously, selling the likes of Sanchez and Lingard is not a major problem as one of them has offered slightly more in 18 months than Daniel James has brought to the club in a year, getting wages a lot lower than the Chilean who is clearly on a major decline. Lingard could not even look good against Norwich City on Saturday evening so no loss either.

Some might suggest it is harsh to say these things but I am just being truthful. Solskjaer will need to find buyers for these two players if Sancho is even going to be an option, although Solskjaer has not yet ruled a move out for the player this summer. It could be hard to get a club to sign Sanchez permanently based on his weekly wage at United.

Solskjaer has reportedly been told by Ed Woodward that he will need to clear some of the players he does not want in his squad before he would commit to an approach for Sancho this summer, so presumably, if this is true, Woodward has not yet ruled out a possibility of the club making a move for Sancho this summer.

With the current financial circumstances regarding the coronavirus pandemic, of where the future is uncertain with the fact that nobody knows when supporters will be allowed back into stadiums in the numbers that attended matches before the pandemic, therefore adding to the loss of income for football clubs in terms of match day revenue.

Because of this, United will need to be careful and not overcommit themselves, therefore clearing some big wages and players that do not seem to have a future at the club is the best way to create space for a player who would be costly both in terms of transfer wee and weekly wages, which is a logical way of doing things.

Three other names have been suggested including Andreas Pereira, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. There is a possibility that Smalling could still be sold to AS Roma this summer, if they are able to make it work with United’s valuation of the player more than the Italian club would want to pay, which seems to always be the case with these cheap clubs.

Phil Jones has made just eight appearances for United under Solskjaer this season, which is not enough playing time to even warrant a place for him in the squad. He does have a contract which will expire in the summer of 2023, with the option of another year, so he might be a problem to shift, however, he would be a good signing for Arsenal.

In terms of Pereira, personally I am yet to see a reason why he should retain his place at United. Despite making 38 appearance so far this season, he’s scored just two goals and four assists. His contract expires in 2023, with the option of another year and in terms of creativity, there is little for him to offer the club.

Solskjaer will have a lot to do this summer before the club could make a move for Sancho and it is suggested that the manager does not yet know how much he will have to spend this summer. United obviously need to sign a striker, but Odion Ighalo’s loan spell will expire at the end of January 2021, so the urgency this summer is lower than it could be.

A right-winger is a priority and this could transform United attack considerably, providing the player fits in to Solskjaer’s system and gels with the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Odion Ighalo and Mason Greenwood, not to mention Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, who will offer the creativity from the midfield.

Some suggest that United need a central defender, however, with Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire and Axel Tuanzebe, presuming that one, two, or all of Jones, Smalling and Marcos Rojo leave the club this summer, would be adequate with United utilising the likes of Teden Mengi from the academy, should they be needed.

Jesse Lingard has not been ‘pushing himself’ this season, hopes for a fresh start – it’s time for him to buck his ideas up now

Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard has admitted that he has not been pushing himself this season. This is exactly what we have seen when watching him play football this season. Granted, his off the field activity has been tumultuous but not everyone has the perfect life away from work and if we don’t pull an effort, we get sacked.

The 27-year-old should be in the peak period of his career but it looks like that period has come and gone for him and now he could be at risk of losing it all at United. If so, he will only have himself to blame for his own performances, which were not enough to warrant him a place in the squad this season but injury to others left him with a place anyway.

With the Premier League working to return on the 17 June, which will become a few days later for United when the fixtures are confirmed, Lingard will be seeking that extra chance to find his feet and prove himself at the club. However, it will be a tough task for him now that Bruno Fernandes has arrived and Paul Pogba is now fit.

Lingard has been linked with an Old Trafford exit this summer with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2021, although there is the option to extend that contract for another year. Lingard will be looking to show manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, that he can be trusted to pull up his socks and prove himself in the squad.

Speaking on Adidas Home Team’s The Huddle, the 27-year-old spoke about finishing the season, having the right attitude and hunger and a thirst for trophies. This is all well and good but it is only actions that speak louder than words and anyone believing words without actions are not going to get what they are promised. Lingard said:

“Finishing a season, it feels like a mini-season for me, so to go back in, like I say, flying from the get-go, in which I feel good and then, obviously, for next season to just carry on.

“I have the right attitude, I have the right desire, I have the right hunger to win games to play for United to obviously win trophies which is one of the most important things.

“I think we can get there, we all need to push each other to new heights, day in, day out in training.

“So I don’t see why we can’t take it into the game too.

“But trophies are the main thing and individual targets like goals and assists, I have a lot else that I target before the season because I do that anyway but last season, for some reason I didn’t set any targets.

“My mind wasn’t there, I wasn’t really pushing myself. It felt like it weren’t me. You feel like when you watch yourself you’re like ‘that’s not Jesse.’

“I know who I am and my family know who I am, I know how I play and, like I say, I didn’t really push myself last season.

“So this season I’m gonna have targets, I’m gonna have goals that I need to hit, individually and as a team as well.”

Lingard went a year without scoring a goal in the Premier League and this season, despite making a total of 35 appearances so far, he has scored just two goals with two further assists – which is not something that will get him the starting position in the team the he desires. Lingard will be left with a lot to do, otherwise his future at United will be at risk.

I do believe that he should be given a chance, and the remainder of the season being played will be that chance. That should give Solskjaer and the club enough to understand whether the player’s final year of his contract should be added, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2022, then if he does well, a new contract could be offered.

However, the bar will have ben set very high at United now, especially if Pogba does end up staying at the club. It would be hard to see Lingard forcing either him or Fernandes out of the team, as the Portuguese midfielder has done more than Lingard in his nine appearances so far this season. Time to stand up and be counted, Lingard.

Five players who could be sold to bring in new additions at Manchester United this summer

Manchester United will by no doubt have plans for the summer transfer window and those plans could have been thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic, purely because of the financial after effects of the pandemic. United have been linked to many players so far this summer with the main ones Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Jude Billingham.

United are a club in debt and they have been since the Glazers purchased the club, leaving the debt with the club. It is a lot less than it was a decade ago but is still there, waiting to be paid off. The coronavirus pandemic has already cost the club and looks set to continue haemorrhaging money as long as supporters are kept out of stadiums.

United still have many players at the club who are either assets who could be sold to bring in money for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to reinforce his squad or players who are no longer part of the future of the club but worth money that could be used by the manager to change the direction of the club. Here are five players who could be sold this summer.

Paul Pogba: The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from United since he stated that he wanted a new challenge last summer.

It would seem obviously that Pogba would be the most likely player to bring in the funds for United to sign the players they want to sign this summer. Last summer, the Frenchman was said to have a £150 million price tag, however, the coronavirus pandemic will affect fees club could get for players, apparently which seems United would suffer.

Players United are interested in, Sancho for instance, are not being valued differently by their clubs, even with the pandemic here, which shows that United are expected to cut their losses when selling players, but make more losses by paying inflated fees just for being Manchester United, which seems a bit strange.

Jesse Lingard: His last few seasons at the club have not been the best with his form questionably poor right now, seemingly likely to leave.

Lingard is not likely to bring in a lot of money for United this summer but Transfermarkt seem to value him at £15.75 million, which could be a good starting point for the club. However, with his lack of form and the fact he’s not scored a single goal in the Premier League this season, it might be hard to find clubs who are interested in the player.

He could add some depth to other clubs, but the financial market is going to affect the clubs that could have been interested in the player, which might result in either United having to sell for under his value or loan the player for the 2020/21 season, possibly with a compulsory purchase agreement in the contract or something.

Chris Smalling: A loan spell at Roma seems to have cut the chord at United, seemingly ready to make the move permanent.

The former England defender was in effect excess at the club last summer following the arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester City. United have not really missed Smalling this season and have a few players in reserve should they need them; Axel Tuanzebe, Teden Mengi but the more experienced Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.

That said, the latter two could be cut this summer too, not that their transfers would raise a lot of money. £15 million could be a figure that United accept for the 30-year-old with two more years remaining on his contract. His form might add more to his price but in the current market, United should take what they can, as long as it resembles a good fee.

Alexis Sanchez: The player seems so far out of Solskjaer’s plans that he should be happy with any club that would want him.

The Chilean international moved to United from Arsenal over two years ago now with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the other direction. Both players have seemingly lost their places at either club and both will be seeking a move away from the club. Sanchez has not been missed at United, not even with the forward shortage due to injury.

Daniel James has not yet been at United for a year and has four goals and seven assists to his name, nearly beating Sanchez’s five goals and nine assist at the club, showing he could be easily replaced. Inter Milan do not seem keen to take him and he has been linked to Borussia Dortmund as part of a deal for Sancho, as impossible as that may sound.

Andreas Pereira: He’s not really a player that United need right now. He can do things on the pitch but will never be first choice.

For me, Andreas Pereira is not a player that should be in United’s first team. He has little to offer and does not seem to be a player that United could utilise as a winger, an attacking midfielder or even a midfielder. He had bright hopes when coming through the academy but United is not the club for him to succeed at.

He might want to fight for his place in the team but over the past few years, he has been given opportunities to find his feet at the club and it is not coming. Right now in the midfield, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic are all ahead of him. Playing as a winger, Marcus Rashford, James and Mason Greenwood are better.

I don’t expect United to sell all of these players. It seems that the Pogba saga is slowly losing speed with wages likely to be a problem, which, unless clubs find the money, means he will stay put at United, even if he does not want to. The other four though, are expendable with the club able to find moves for them, even if they don’t want to leave.

Manchester United to consider Jesse Lingard future with Premier League clubs interested – reports

Manchester United are reportedly considering the future of attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard with the player falling out of favour at the club, not just with the supporters but with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also. The 27-year-old should be in the prime of his career at this moment in time but that seems to have come and gone for the player.

In 35 appearances for United during the 2019/20 season, which was halted by the coronavirus pandemic, Lingard has made a total of 35 appearances for the club, playing 1,714 minutes of football. Despite the number of minutes played, the player has scored just two goals, assisting two more, which is a poor record for an attacking player.

Solskjaer has been unimpressed with Lingard this season, which for me is an understatement. If it was not for injuries, Lingard would have found it hard to make an 18-man squad for a match, let alone starting matches or coming off the bench. Granted he has had off the pitch family problems but that does not work as an excuse for non-footballers when performance is an issue so why should it work for him?

It is suggested that Newcastle United are interested in the player, which is surprising considering they are likely to be owned by the Saudi’s at some stage this year, if the takeover of the club actually happens. Luka Jovic and Philippe Coutinho are also players the North East club are seemingly interested in this summer, whenever the transfer window opens.

Three other Premier League clubs are credited with an interest in Lingard; Leicester City, Everton and West Ham United. The report gives the impression that United will be seeking around £30 million for the academy graduate who is contracted to the Old Trafford club until the summer of 2021, although there is an option for a further year.

United are seeking to bring Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho to the Old Trafford club this summer, and may need to release funds in order to do that, clearing the deadwood at the club at the same time. It is something that needed to happen and has been on the cards for a number of years. Some players at the club are holding it back.

Solskjaer is seeking to add Sancho to his attacking lineup this summer, having Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Sancho in the front three, which will do a lot to help United score the goals needed to carry them to the summit of the Premier League and back in contention for their 21st league title, which for the last eight years has been impossible.

It is expected that Lingard will be one of five United players to be shown the exit this summer with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Andreas Pereira and Alexis Sanchez also rumoured to be shown the door this summer, if there are offers for them, which could be the case with some of them. Solskjaer will need to be ruthless to guide United back to glory.

This summer was tipped to be a big one for United. Whether that actually happens because of the coronavirus pandemic, remains to be seen. However, football looks likely to continue when it is safe to do so, so therefore, United will need to do something sooner rather than later. Getting rid of the deadwood is very important. It is something that United have not done enough of over the last seven or eight years.

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