Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said he will keep Jesse Lingard at Manchester United, calling him a “red through and through” and hoping he stays at the club beyond the contract expires.
The attacking midfielder has a year left on his current deal and was loaned out to West Ham in 2020-21. On Tuesday night against Young Boys, he came in as a substitute, but his mistake led to the late winner of the Swiss side.
However, Solskjær has backed the 28-year-old English international to jump back and play an important role for the team this season. “He has this season left of his contract, the club is talking to him and his father and we see him as a Manchester United player in the future,” said the Norwegian.
“Jesse has returned to us after a great period at West Ham. He has shown his qualities and is back in the English squad, he scored goals for England and we really want to see the best from Jesse this season. We support him and want to keep him here with us. He is red through and through. ”
Solskjær, whose side have started their league campaign with three wins and a draw, and who play against West Ham on Sunday, said his options up front would be expanded next week by Edinson Cavani’s return. The Uruguayan has only played 37 minutes this season as he works his way back to full fitness.
“Edinson will hopefully start training with us after the weekend,” Solskjær said. “Hopefully on Monday. Maybe he will join on Wednesday [against West Ham in the Carabao Cup]. He had a great season with the impact he got when he got his fitness. He struggled early with fitness, with nibbling injuries, and now we feel like getting the best out of Edinson this season, we need him 100% fit and not pushing him.
“We have a strong squad that will manage to let players heal and not risk further injuries. I see Edinson having a massive influence because he is that type of personality and player. He is a top professional and can not wait to come back. He’s working really hard to get back on the field. ”
The late defeat to the Young Boys came after United had taken the lead but dropped to 10 men after sending off Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Solskjær admitted that the performance was not good enough, but that there is plenty of time to get their Champions League campaign back on track.
“Of course you’re waiting to see them when they come back,” he said. “The attitude is as you would expect – focused, a little disappointed, but not too discouraging. It’s a setback, we need to do better and we have five games to get the 10-12 points we need. It’s not the start we wanted, but we are a good team that can jump back. ”