Marcus Rashford may have made a decision on Man United in the £30m summer transfer debate
For the first time in 191 days, Manchester United fans have caught a glimpse of Jesse Lingard in red Manchester United.
Not since he played 80 minutes of the FA Cup third round match Watford In January, the academy graduate had the opportunity to play in his childhood club.
Considered to be redundant, Lingard was allowed to join West Ham Later that month, in a move that appeared to have brought the curtain down on his career at Old Trafford.
What happened next is well known, as the 28-year-old rediscovered his best form while in East London, scoring nine goals in the final five months of the campaign.
From the player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would likely have moved from his mind, there was suddenly a source of discussion among fans and behind the scenes.
A recent report in the athlete It has been suggested that there is a split at the club between those who thought cashing out the £30m star player was the right decision and those who believed he should be offered a new deal.
By the end of next season, Lingard will be able to leave on a free transfer and his stock is unlikely to be higher than it is at the moment.
But after Solskjaer opted to play for the England international in his side’s opening game against Derby County, he hinted he might have a future.
“Jesse is back, he’s been smart and wants to fight for his place,” he explained after the 2-1 victory at Pride Park. “There is nothing better than seeing players who are ready to fight for their place.
“Of course, what he did at the end of the season, that’s the real Jesse. That’s what we know he’s capable of.
“I think we saw towards the end [of our own season] That we may lack some options sometimes.”
The ‘lack of options’ highlighted by Solskjaer may soon be boosted by the arrival of Jadon Sancho, but they could also take a hit thanks to Marcus Rashford’s impending spell on the side.
Solskjaer confirmed that Rashford has not yet made a decision on whether to have surgery for his nagging shoulder problem – with initial speculation suggesting he could miss three months if he undergoes surgery.
“We are looking for the best options,” Solskjaer confirmed at Rashford. “We’re still taking that up with the experts.”
If he decides that surgery is the best course of action, he may give Lingard one last chance at becoming a permanent Solskjaer XI player.
“He’s still in my plans. I’m expecting him at Manchester United at the start of the season.”
While the controversy may rage on social media, it appears that with the really important people, a decision has already been made.
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