Jesse Lingard is expected to leave Manchester United after talks over a new contract stalled.
The 28-year-old’s representatives are convinced his future lies away from Old Trafford and he will look to leave the club on a free transfer next summer or perhaps even on loan in January, having had a successful spell at West Ham last term.
Lingard, who also posted a picture of himself celebrating a West Ham goal on social media on Friday, has been keen to play regularly and still hopes to impress Gareth Southgate ahead of next year’s World Cup, having been left out of the England manager’s most recent squad and last summer’s European Championships.
Yet, his only start this season came in United’s Carabao Cup third-round defeat to the Hammers, with each of his seven other appearances coming from the substitutes’ bench.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued to speak positively about Lingard on Friday, insisting “Jesse is training really hard and well. He’s available.
“I’m not in his contract talks but he gives energy to the group every day. He wants to play as much as possible, all the players do. He’s disappointed he’s not played more.
“He’s done well when he’s played for us. He knows with all the games coming up, he’s going to play a part.”
With Solskjaer’s future as United boss under heavy scrutiny following a poor run of just one win in six Premier League games, it remains to be seen whether Lingard could yet contribute to a turnaround in the run-up to Christmas.