Jesse Lingard has endured a tumultuous start to the season. The Englishman has gone from Community Shield glory to having a fight on his hands to make the starting XI.
The inclusion of the winger proved a prevalent topic of debate last season and the summer doesn’t appear to have quelled the conflict. Manchester United fans can’t seem to decide whether they value him in the side or not.
It’s clear though, that Mourinho is a fan. In fact, the Special One and the club could be set to offer the 23-year-old a blockbuster new contract.
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The past year has been a breakthrough for Lingard. The winger has risen from a pawn in the loan system to a player giving the legendary Mourinho headaches over his squad selection.
With Louis van Gaal showing great faith in him, Lingard racked up a staggering 40 appearances last season. The 23-year-old even amassed six goals in what proved a satisfying campaign.
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Recent months have also seen success on the big stage and strikes in United’s last two trophy-winning games. Spectacular goals in the FA Cup final and Community Shield demonstrated his ability under pressure.
Nevertheless, Lingard’s inconsistency has seen the jury out on him. Some Red Devils supporters believe he’s the next best thing, while others remain skeptical.
Such a feeling has been augmented this season upon disappointing performances in the league. Moreover, it appears his place in the side could be threatened by summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Nevertheless, according to The Sun, Manchester United and Lingard have agreed on a new deal that could see his wages doubled.
Despite his absence of consistency and occasionally erratic decision-making, this proves a prominent show of faith from the Old Trafford side.
It is believed that after three weeks of talks, Lingard has given the go ahead for a £50,000-a-week contract that will extend his stay by four years.
A United source stated: “There has been talks between the club and Jesse’s representatives for a few weeks now.
“There has been no issues and the club lawyers are just in the process of completing all the paperwork.”
Therefore, albeit the heavy-handed summer spending, United seem to be investing in their youngsters. Moreover, it’s clear Mourinho has faith in the gradual improvement of a player that persists to divide fans.
Upcoming performances will play a huge role in this supporter perception. After all, if Lingard fails to perform in accordance with the weighty wages, criticism will only intensify.
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