Manchester United are set to offer a contract extension to attacker Jesse Lingard.
The Englishman has had a really tough time over the last couple of seasons. Both on and off the field. That doesn’t take away from Jesse Lingard’s ability, though it’s fair to say his performances have been below-par.
About a month ago, we covered a story which suggested that United actually wanted to keep Lingard at the club and this latest claim may well attest to that.
This one comes from the Daily Star, who claim that United are set to extend the 27-year-old’s contract by a year. That’s despite Lingard only playing twice this season. Both appearances came in the Carabao Cup.
The England international has entered into the final twelve months of his contract, meaning he could walk away from Old Trafford for free next summer.
With that in mind, this looks like a case of United trying to protect their asset. Understandably, they don’t want to lose Lingard on a free transfer. However, I’d urge they approach this one with caution.
Don’t make the same mistake again
Time and time again, United have decided to offer new contracts to sub-par players in order to try and get a transfer fee back for them. The problem is, they’ve often struggled to move those players on due to their high wages. You look at Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones as the biggest examples of that.
What’s different in this case is that Lingard will only sign a one-year extension, giving United another couple of transfer windows to move him on. If they fail to do that, though, they’ll either be forced to let him walk away for nothing, or they’ll have to offer him a new long-term deal.
It’s easy for me to say because it’s not my money, but I’d let Lingard go for free next summer. He’s not playing right now and that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. Why not get his wages off the books and spend them on a player who’ll actually feature heavily for the United first-team?