Manchester United News: Jesse Lingard handed over contract extension

Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward triggered Jesse Lingard’s extension clause (Photo: PA)

Jesse Lingard saw his Manchester United contract extended until summer 2022, with the club triggering a one-year extension in their contract.

The England international’s contract was due to expire at the end of the season, but although they have barely presented this campaign so far, the Red Devils have decided to take back their option to extend it for another 12 months.

It appears the club did so in order to guarantee him a transfer fee either in January or summer, rather than allowing him to leave for free at the end of the current campaign.

The 28-year-old has fallen far down the pecking order at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, not making a single Premier League appearance so far this season and only qualifying three times on the substitutes bench.

He has been limited to just two Carabao Cup appearances, only one since that start, with Solskjaer completely losing confidence in him either in midfield or as part of the top three.

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Jesse Lingard has fallen a long way down the pecking order at Manchester United (Photo: Getty Images)

Solskjaer has tried to downplay any break with the player and insists his absence was due to injuries and multiple periods of isolation during the Covid-19 crisis, rather than just being abandoned.

“He worked hard in training,” Solskjaer said. “ He was unhappy that he had to self-isolate several times, to have been in contact or in close contact with Covid, without even having it himself.

“ It has been very unlucky to be absent from the training ground on several occasions. He works really hard.

Nonetheless, Lingard is not expected to still be a Manchester United player next season.

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