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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to keep hold of Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard this summer is proving to be the right one. Lingard has bounced back superbly from his horrendous error which cost his side the game against Young Boys in the Champions League opener in Bern.
Since then, Lingard has scored a late winner against West Ham in the Premier League and provided the all-important assist for Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday’s European win over Villarreal.
The visitors took a shock lead when former Borussia Dortmund forward Paco netted after 53 minutes, before United equalised seven minutes later courtesy of a spectacular volley from Alex Telles.
The game looked as if it was heading for a draw, until in the sixth minute of injury time when Lingard’s lay-off found its way to Ronaldo, who made no mistake in front of goal and sent the United faithful into raptures at Old Trafford.
And according to WhoScored Lingard is averaging a direct goal contribution every 45.3 minutes for the Red Devils this season, which shows Solskjaer was right to prevent the England midfielder from leaving in the summer.
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Lingard had been linked with a permanent move to West Ham – the club where he spent the second half of last season on loan – but any deal failed to materialise.
After struggling for form and game time at Old Trafford, Lingard impressed during his loan spell at the London Stadium, scoring nine times in 16 appearances for the club.
Lingard has since struggled to nail down a starting berth in the side, but his newfound form could go a long way to deciding whether the 28-year-old remains in Manchester beyond the current campaign.
The United midfielder’s contract is up at the end of the current campaign, meaning he is free to negotiate with other clubs from January onwards, but Solskjaer has recently revealed his intention to keep hold of Lingard beyond his current deal.
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“He’s got this season left of his contract and the club is talking to him and his dad, and we see him as a Man United player in the future as well,” said Solskjaer.
“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 want 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.”
Lingard is yet to start in the Premier League or Champions League, despite putting in a number of impressive performances when called upon from the bench.
And United boss Solskjaer has also admitted that Lingard is frustrated by his lack of game time and would like to be given more of a chance at Old Trafford.
“Jesse is unhappy at not playing more. But you come on and make an impact. That’s what you do when you’re a sub at this level,” he said.
“It is massive for the players, to win a game in this fashion after we lost a game in Bern in that fashion. Every game is hard at this level.
“You see results you don’t see very often, like yesterday. The margins are so small.”
Solskjaer’s side will welcome Everton to Old Trafford in the early kick-off in the Premier League on Saturday.
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