Ole: Man Utd determined to keep Lingard

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United are still determined to keep Jesse Lingard at Old Trafford long-term. Lingard's contract expires at the end of the season and the 28-year-old will be fre

Ole: Man Utd determined to keep Lingard

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United are still determined to keep Jesse Lingard at Old Trafford long-term.

Lingard's contract expires at the end of the season and the 28-year-old will be free to talk to foreign clubs about a free transfer as early as January.

The United academy product flourished on loan at West Ham last term - and returns to the London Stadium with United on Sunday - but Lingard came under spotlight for his part in United's 2-1 loss to Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jesse Lingard
Image: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United want to keep Jesse Lingard at Old Trafford

United went 1-0 up through Cristiano Ronaldo and played with 10 men for most of the game after Aaron-Wan Bissaka's red card, but it was Lingard's late error that allowed Jordan Pefok to score the winner.

Young Boys' Jordan Pefok, center, celebrates after scoring during of the Champions League group F soccer match between BSC Young Boys and Manchester United
Image: Jordan Pefok scored the winner with the final kick of the game

Lingard has been linked with a move next summer, but manager Solskjaer maintained United are still working to tie the 31-cap England international down to a new deal.

"He's got this season left of his contract and the club is talking to him and his dad," said Solskjaer. "And we see him as a Man United player in the future as well.

"Jesse has come back to us after a great spell at West Ham.

"He showed his qualities, he's got back into the England squad and he's scoring goals for England.

"We really what to see the best of Jesse this season and we hope to see him, we support him, and we hope to keep him here with us.

"He's a red through and through."

Man Utd were beaten by Young Boys with the final kick of the game
Image: Lingard's error handed Young Boys the three points

In the Premier League, United sit at the top of the table with 10 points, alongside Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton, and continue their top-flight campaign on Sunday against the Hammers, who are also unbeaten (W2, D2).

Solksjaer said he is unconcerned about his side's ability to get back on track after their painful defeat.

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He said: "Of course I waited to see when I saw them this morning when I came back in - and the attitude is like you expect it to be.

"They are focused of course, a little bit disappointed but not too downbeat. We know it's a setback and we have to do better.

"We've got five games to get the 10 to 12 points we need.

"It was not the start we wanted but we're a good team that can bounce back again."

Was Solskjaer to blame for United defeat?[1]

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's record as Manchester United manager in the Champions League
Image: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's record as Manchester United manager in the Champions League

Manchester United have brought a legend home, signed one of the game's greatest defenders and added one of the brightest prospects in European football. But at the highest level matches can still be lost from the bench and this was one of them.

It was Jesse Lingard's rash back-pass that allowed Young Boys to complete a dramatic 2-1 win on this Champions League opener. It was Aaron Wan-Bissaka's lunge that left his team down to 10 men, changing the course of the evening.

But it was Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whose tactical decisions ensured the Swiss side deserved the points.

References

  1. ^ Was Solskjaer to blame for United defeat? (www.skysports.com)