Jesse Lingard has been linked with a move away from Manchester United, but according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he still has the midfielder in his plans.

The England international spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham, with Hammers manager David Moyes admitting in the summer that the London club was interested in keeping him, but Lingard returned to the Reds’ team ahead of the 2021/22 season.

At Friday’s pre-match press conference, media pressed Solskjaer on the constant rumors about Jesse’s future, as well as previewing Saturday’s game against Watford at Vicarage Road.

“Jesse is training really hard, really well, and he’s ready and available for me,” began Ole.

“He’s definitely disappointed he’s not played more, of course.

“But with regards to contract situations, I’ve not been in the talks very closely, so for me, Jesse’s still a big, important part of this squad. He gives energy and quality to the group every day.”

“Every player wants to play as much as possible,” acknowledged the boss.

“The thing with Jesse and all my players is they are working hard. I can’t fault the attitude and they’re ready when they’re called upon, when they’re playing.

“Jesse has done well when he’s played for us. He knows that with all the games coming up, that he’s going to play a part.”

Lingard has made eight appearances for United this season, scoring two memorable goals against Newcastle and West Ham, coincidentally.


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