Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains tight-lipped over Jesse Lingard's future

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains tight-lipped over Jesse Lingard’s future as Manchester United boss insists Red Devils outcast ‘is part of our group’ amid links with Nice

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has remained coy over the future of Jesse Lingard
  • The Man United outcast has not started a Premier League game in over a year
  • Lingard has a year and a half left on his contract and wants consistent football 
  • The 28-year-old has been linked with an exit this month with Nice interested 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has remained tight-lipped over Jesse Lingard’s future amid reports that the Manchester United outcast has held talks with Ligue 1 side Nice over a move. 

The 28-year-old has struggled for any sort of consistent action over the past 12 months. While he started in the FA Cup third round win over Watford, Lingard has not been named in the first-team line-up for a Premier League game in over a year.

As such, the United academy product has been linked with an Old Trafford exit this January transfer window, with clubs across the continent reportedly interested in the attacking midfielder.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has remained tight-lipped over United outcast Jesse Lingard’s future

The 28-year-old academy product has been starved of first-team football for over a year

Inter Milan emerged as shock contenders to sign Lingard, while his representatives reportedly met with Nice chiefs over a potential deal.

And Solskjaer has remained coy over where Lingard’s future lies ahead of Sunday’s mammoth top-of-the-table clash with Premier League champions Liverpool.    

‘Jesse is part of our group,’ the United boss told Sky Sports. ‘Of course we have not seen the best of Jesse, we’ve not seen a lot of Jesse this season, for different reasons. 

Solskjaer revealed Lingard wants to play consistent football with just three games this season

‘He has got a year and a half left on his contract, I speak to Jesse more or less every day so our communication is really good. 

‘He works really hard in training and he is ready for his chances when they come and we just take it from there.’

Addressing the Nice rumours, Solskjaer revealed that Lingard is eager to play consistent football. 

‘I can’t really speak for Jesse and what we have spoken about but of course Jesse wants to play football and he is a good player when he plays football at his best so let’s see what will happen,’ Solskjaer added.

Solskjaer refused to be drawn in on speculation linking the playmaker with a move to Nice

Lingard failed to grasp his opportunity to force his way into Solskjaer’s first team plans in an altogether lacklustre display against the Hornets this month. United legend Rio Ferdinand said none of the players on show impressed in the cup outing. 

‘This game was about opportunities for the fringe players,’ Ferdinand said. ‘He’s not a fringe player but (Scott) McTominay was probably the only player who performed to the standard you expect or exceeded that.

‘Maybe a missed opportunity for those trying to force their way into the manager’s plans on a more regular basis. But the most important thing was to get into the next round.’

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