Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Jesse Lingard still has a long-term future at Manchester United despite being on the verge of joining West Ham on loan.
The attacking midfielder is set to be announced as a Hammers player for the rest of the season, with the two clubs agreeing the deal on Thursday evening.
It is understood David Moyes’ side will pay a £1.5 million loan fee and cover Lingard’s wages for the remainder of the campaign as he looks to push on and get more minutes under his belt.
Lingard has started just twice for Solskjaer this season and, having failed to push his way into regular contention, it was agreed that he could leave on loan.
“We want Jesse to come back here revitalised and having shown at West Ham how good a player he is,” Solskjaer said about Lingard’s impending loan move. “He’s just been unfortunate with a couple of issues, some periods he had to stay away from us with Covid, isolation and close contact.
“The rest of the team has done well. We’ve had little to no injuries and he’s not forced his way into the team. I just want him to go there and enjoy himself, show how good a player he is and come back and show he’s a Man Utd player through and through.”
Lingard looks like he will not be the only player heading out on loan before the window comes to a close on Monday. Facundo Pellistri is expected to head to Spain until the end of the season, while Marcos Rojo is set to sign for Boca Juniors.
“It is likely that Marcos goes back to Argentina – little bit of paperwork left to be done,” Solskjaer explained. “[As for] Sergio [Romero], I’ve not heard anything there apart from that he’ll be with us for the rest of his contract.”