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Jesse Lingard in talks with Man Utd over new contract as Solskjaer says Young Boys blunder won’t affect his future

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER says Jesse Lingard’s midweek blunder has not affected the plans to keep him at Old Trafford.

The England ace gifted Young Boys the points with a shocking injury-time back pass in the Champions League opener in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Jesse Lingard's United future looks to be safe despite his back pass error against Young Boys


Jesse Lingard’s United future looks to be safe despite his back pass error against Young BoysCredit: Rex
Lingard's blunder led to Young Boys beating United 2-1 in the Champions League


Lingard’s blunder led to Young Boys beating United 2-1 in the Champions LeagueCredit: Reuters

Lingard is currently into the final year of his contract at Manchester United and as yet there has been no agreement over an extension.

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But Solskjaer says the 28-year-old, who starred in a loan spell at West Ham last season, has his full support – and talks over his future will continue with the hope of keeping him.

The United boss said: “Jesse has got this season left, we are talking to him and his dad. We see him as a United player in future.

“He’s come back into us after a great spell at West Ham. He showed his quality there.

“He’s back in England squad, he scores goals for England and we really want to see the best of him.

“We support him and hope to keep him here. He’s a red through and through. “

Lingard goes back to the London Stadium with the Red Devils to face the Hammers in the Premier League on Sunday.

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The veteran Uruguayan suffered a strain recently and did not feature against Newcastle and Young Boys.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer said another forward, Edinson Cavani, could feature in the Carabao Cup tie against West Ham on Wednesday.

Solskjaer says the depth of his squad now means there is no need to rush Cavani back but says he hopes he will rejoin the group next week.

He’s a top professional and he can’t wait to get back on the pitch.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Edinson Cavani

He said: “Hopefully he’ll start training after the weekend. He may be involved on Wednesday.

“Edi had a fantastic season last season, the impact he made towards the end when he got his fitness.

“He struggled early on with injuries. We feel to get the best of him, have to have him 100 per cent fit and not pushing him.

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“We’ve a strong squad that will allow us to let players heal and take no risks.

“I see him having a massive impact, he’s that type of personality and player.

“He’s a top professional and he can’t wait to get back on the pitch.”

Lingard’s United team-mates publicly rallied around the star following his error against Young Boys and took to social media to show their support. 

In a reply to the winger’s apologetic post on Instagram, Bruno Fernandes wrote: “We win together. We lose together.” 

Paul Pogba added: “The measure of success is how many times you bounce back. We strong”. 

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And Diogo Dalot replied with the words “always together with you”.

Man United will look to bounce back in Europe when they take on Villarreal next in the Champions League. 

The club will play Aston Villa in the Premier League prior to that game.

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