Manchester United have no plans to open contract talks with in-form midfielder Jesse Lingard and have informed the 22-year-old that he must wait before being handed a pay rise on his current £8,000-a-week deal.
This is according to the Daily Star’s chief sports writer Jeremy Cross, who understands that Louis van Gaal is reluctant to give the former England Under-21 international too much too soon.
Lingard has impressed in recent weeks and is currently keeping Manchester United’s £31 million summer signing Memphis Depay out of the starting line-up, but it seems he hasn’t managed to convince everyone at Old Trafford just yet.
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"We are aware of how talented Jesse is,” a senior club source is quoted as telling the Daily Star, “which is why we gave him a new deal earlier this year.
"There are no plans to sit down with him and discuss another new deal. The most important thing is that he continues to make progress."
The report adds that Van Gaal has also told England manager Roy Hodgson to forget about picking Lingard as the Dutch coach does not believe the player is ready for international football.
Lingard has a lot to prove yet
It’s easy to presume that Lingard is younger than he actually is. The Warrington-born winger turns 23 next month but has spent the past few seasons out on loan with various Football League clubs including Birmingham City, Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby County.
It’s true that some players develop later than others, but the jury has to remain out over Lingard for the time being. His assist against CSKA Moscow and his goal against West Brom at the weekend were both impressive, but two productive moments doesn’t necessary mean a player has the ability to perform consistently well on a weekly basis.
Remember Federico Macheda?
United fans might want to cast their minds back to 2009, when Federico Macheda scored in successive Premier League matches against Aston Villa and Sunderland before disappearing off the radar.
Lingard certainly has talent, but Manchester United are wise to make him prove his worth over a longer period of time before handing him a significant pay increase.
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