However, so far this season, the £9 million-rated 28-year-old is yet to feature in the Premier League for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, with his three appearances for the first team coming in the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.
As a result of this lack of game time, there have been reports suggesting that the England international is keen to leave the club in the January transfer window, however, the United manager has remained tight-lipped regarding the winger’s future at Old Trafford.
And, speaking recently to Jim White on talkSPORT, Alex Crook discussed Sheffield United’s interest in a move for Lingard.
He said: “I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preference at this stage will be to keep Jesse Lingard in the building, [it] might come down to how much the player wants to get out and play. I know Sheffield United have been in talks with Manchester United but Lingard didn’t fancy joining the team bottom of the Premier League.
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TIF Thoughts on Alex Crook’s comments regarding Jesse Lingard…
From Crook’s comments, it would indeed appear that Sheffield United were interested in the possibility of signing Lingard this month, however, the club’s lowly position at the bottom of the Premier League table appears to have put the winger off a move to Bramall Lane.
However, while a move for Lingard does not appear to be on the cards, in our opinion, Chris Wilder does need to find someone who can add a creative spark to United’s attack in January, as the club have scored a mere 10 goals over their 19 games so far in the league.