Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted Jesse Lingard could be staying put.
Lingard has been strongly linked with a move away from Old Trafford during the January transfer window.
It’s after falling down the pecking order and having not played in the Premier League under Solskjaer for a year.
Sheffield United are among a host of clubs thought to be interested in Lingard. This also includes Aston Villa, Brighton and Hove Albion, Everton, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.
In Scotland, both Celtic and Rangers are also keeping tabs.
However, it’s previously been reported the Blades are “most keen” to sign Lingard. Boss Chris Wilder even held talks with Solskjaer about a loan deal following the recent 3-2 defeat to Man United at Bramall Lane.
The midfielder’s £100,000-a-week wages are potentially problematic. Yet for a six-month spell, it’s believed the South Yorkshire club are prepared to put up the cash.
Could Lingard stay at Manchester United?
Despite being limited to just two appearances in the Carabao Cup this season, it seems Solskjaer is considering keeping Lingard around.
“Say a Jesse. Say players who haven’t played as much now. They have got to be ready when they have got the opportunity,” the Norwegian told The Manchester Evening News.
“You see Eric Bailly, who has come in and has done brilliant. He has had injuries and niggles but you have to train well. That is the work that the coaches are doing on the training pitch and the players are putting in the work as well.
“And when you have got a chance you have got to be ready to take it.”
Wilder will be hoping Lingard can leave as the England international is exactly the sort of player who could give his team hope of avoiding relegation.
The Blades are currently bottom of the table with two points and no wins from 17 games.
Yet Lingard has proven Premier League experience. Not to mention 24 caps and four goals for his country.
The 28-year-old would also provide some much needed creativity in midfield.