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Manchester United ready to offload Jesse Lingard despite recent form

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Manchester United v LASK - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg
Jesse Lingard looks to be nearing the end of his Manchester United career (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United are ready to listen to offers for Jesse Lingard with the England international deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford despite his recent goal-scoring form.

The 27-year-old has struggled for game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, making nine Premier League starts but only one since the turn of the year.

The arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January and the emergence of Mason Greenwood as a first team starter have seen Lingard slip further down the pecking order and his chances of starting big games are now very slim.

The England World Cup star has taken his chances to shine in recent weeks. coming off the bench to score in the final Premier League game of the season against Leicester and then netting against LASK in the Europa League earlier this week.

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Two goals in two games has not been enough to keep the United hierarchy that he should stay, though, and he is available for transfer this summer, according to the Guardian.

A price has not been mentioned, but with United looking to do a deal and many clubs struggling economically due to the coronavirus crisis, it will almost certainly be below the £30m mark.

Lingard has one year left on his contract at Old Trafford, although the club have the option to extend it by another year, which they may do if a deal cannot be struck and they do not want to risk losing him on a free next summer.

The midfielder had hinted at a United stay, or at least that he wanted to remain at Old Trafford in an Instagram post last month.

‘Im starting with the man in the mirror im asking him to change his ways,’ wrote Lingard.

‘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.

‘This 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. 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. ❤️🔴🙏🏾 #MUFamily

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