Manchester United Football Club did it. Now, they need to build upon a solid foundation given to them by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Players will be signed, naturally, others will have to leave. This summer, a Jesse Lingard transfer could be on the cards.
After scoring his first goal of the season on the final day, the Englishman will be breathing a huge sigh of relief. Unfortunately, though, his 2019/20 campaign hasn’t been anywhere near good enough.
His form has been poor, while I understand that chances have been limited. We just come to expect better from him after a simply brilliant campaign during Jose Mourinho’s second season in charge. Now no longer a youngster it was time for Lingard to make the jump. That hasn’t happened.
In a transfer Q&A over on the Manchester Evening News website, Samuel Luckhurst provided the latest on Lingard’s future. Apparently, United won’t stand in the way of the 27-year-old ‘if they get a good offer’.
They’re considering it due to his poor form and winding down contract, which makes sense. Also, when you factor in Mino Raiola is now his agent, you get the impression that Lingard himself is preparing for life after Old Trafford.
So where could Lingard end up?
Earlier this month, we covered reported West Ham interest in Lingard. Honestly, that’d be a good move for him. A club of that level, say an Everton, Newcastle, or The Hammers could offer him regular playing time.
Lingard would also be able to perform without the pressure that comes with playing for United. The smallest mistake or problem and the fans are immediately on your back, ripping you to shreds on social media.
My concern is that money will be tight for everyone and club’s won’t be able to afford Lingard. Luckhurst says United want a ‘good offer’, although no figure was placed upon that, you get the impression he won’t be allowed to leave on the cheap.
Alas, it does feel as though the timing is right for everyone, although it’ll be sad to see him leave as a long-term academy member…