Why Manchester United have blocked Jesse Lingard’s transfer to Newcastle

Manchester United claim their original plan was for Jesse Lingard to stay for the rest of the season despite intense interest in the striker in the January transfer window.

Lingard, 29, is out of contract in June, has not started in the Premier League for United since New Year’s Day in 2020, started twice all season and expressed a desire to leave this month.

United sources, however, say Lingard had made it clear at the start of the window that he wanted to stay, believing he will be a key player for the rest of the season.

It has been disputed by sources familiar with the negotiations during Newcastle’s attempt to sign Lingard, who insists the player informed United of his desire to leave the lease in January, after discussions on a new contract ended in November.

There is also confusion in United’s decision making. Club sources have previously stated that the manager and the recruitment department had the right to veto transfers, and interim manager Ralf Rangnick reiterated to Lingard on Monday that he could leave.

The decision to block a loan transfer to a team in the relegation zone is bound to confuse until Rangnick is able to resolve the matter, especially as Rangnick informed Lingard on two separate occasions that he was free to leave this month.

Newcastle were close to buying Lingard last week until United insisted on a survival bonus if the Premier League club in 18th place avoided relegation.

West Ham inquired about Lingard on deadline day, but United refused to entertain the prospect of strengthening a rival club vying for the final Champions League qualifier.

Lingard returned to United this summer after a productive loan spell at West Ham, but missed the start of the season after getting Covid-19. When he was first ready to return, he was surprised to be overlooked in favor of Daniel James in the 1-0 win over Wolves when James was sold to Leeds two days later.

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Former coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s selection strategy confused Lingard – as well as other team players – and the English national team player’s only start has been in the League Cup defeat to West Ham and the Champions League group game dead rubber against Young Boys. Lingard has not completed 90 minutes all season.

When asked about Lingard’s situation on January 21, Rangnick said: “What I can say is that he is a very good player, a technical player, of course, he can play in many Premier League clubs on a regular basis. Here at Manchester United, it’s not that easy, we have other players who can also play at that position and we can not switch from one match to another at five or six positions.

“I know his contract expires this summer, the question is, what will he do? Will he have more playing time from now on, so I think it’s perfectly legitimate to talk and think about other options. But I would not be dissatisfied. , if he stayed until the rest of the season, because I know he’s a player who can always play, even if we have to play against him from the start, I know what level I want to get from him. “


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