Jesse Lingard joins Derby on loan after signing new contract

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Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has put pen-to-paper on a new three-and-a-half-year contract with the Red Devils.

The 22-year-old has also joined Championship promotion hopefuls Derby County on loan until the end of the season.

This is according to Sky Sports journalist Amy Lewis, who understands Lingard is now contracted to Manchester United until the summer of 2018. His previous contract was set to expire in 2016.

Recovery from knee injury

Manchester United think highly of Lingard, who Louis van Gaal started on the opening day of the 2014-15 Premier League season against Swansea City.

However, he lasted just 24 minutes of that match before suffering a serious knee injury which would keep him out of action until December.

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Derby on course for promotion

Despite that lengthy lay-off, Manchester United have still opted to hand the player a long-term deal, and want him to spend the rest of the season gaining some valuable first-team experience with Derby.

The Rams are currently joint top of the Championship table and firmly on course to secure a play-off place at the very least.

Lingard will report back for pre-season training with Manchester United in the summer.

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