Manchester United won’t play now until next month when pre-season tour begins, but behind the scenes, club officials will be working hard on transfers and contracts.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is beginning to mould the squad into one that fits his image and style, as the Baby Faced Assassin decides whom he wants to keep, while clearing the deadwood from within the squad.
One player who United’s manager clearly sees as vital is Jesse Lingard, as in an exclusive from The Sun, it is being claimed that the 26-year-old is in line for an eyewatering contract extension despite having two years left on his current deal.
Lingard is set to see his pay rise by around a quarter, to a huge £130,000-a-week as Solskjaer wants to nail down his ‘integral’ players to long-term contracts.
It’s mad to think but Lingard has been at Old Trafford for almost twenty years now, joining the club as a seven year old in the early 2000s. Now a United and England regular, it’s understandable to see why Solskjaer doesn’t want to lose him anytime soon.
Although his 2018/19 campaign wasn’t his best, Lingard’s brilliant movement and work rate has been as good as ever. In fact, several members of the squad could learn from him in that regard, and as long as he’s putting in the work his quality will shine through once again.