MANCHESTER UNITED are “open” to selling Jesse Lingard this summer, according to reports.
The 27-year-old struggled for game time post-lockdown, featuring just twice from the bench in the Premier League.
But the England international did manage to end his long goal drought on Sunday, netting his first top-flight goal since December 2018 in the 2-0 victory over Leicester City.
And according to The Times, Lingard is hoping to impress potential suitors when United resume their Europa League campaign next week.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to heavily rotate his side for the competition, having already secured Champions League football for next season.
And with just a year remaining on his £100,000-a-week contract, Lingard accepts that he could be one of a number of summer outgoings – with United continuing to be linked with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.
The United homegrown talent, however, is already receiving admiring glances from around Europe.
Borussia Monchengladbach and AS Roma are said to be interested in acquiring his services, while closer to home Newcastle United are considering a bid.
But Lingard will not make any decisions regarding his future until after his current side’s Europa League campaign.
I lost who I was as a player and person, but I never wanted to give up.
United’s No14 has been candid over his loss of form, as well as revealing his determination to get back to his best.
He posted on Instagram: “This season has been difficult for so many reasons.
“I lost who I was as a player and person, but I never wanted to give up.
“I knew who I really was on and off the pitch and knew that having been there before I could get there again.
“This meant working harder than I’d ever done before and trusting in those around me that they knew how to best help me achieve that.
“I know the fans have been frustrated but in all this time my love for this club and everyone connected to it has never left me.
“This team, this club is my family and I will continue to keep working harder than ever to help this team achieve its goals.”
And new Red Devils talisman Bruno Fernandes stuck up for his team-mate after Sunday’s Champions League-clinching win at the King Power Stadium.
He said: “For me Jesse deserved this goal because for what he works all week, for all the comments everyone is saying about him and other players because they don’t play too much or they don’t play good enough.
“I think this is the reason Jesse scored because we’re training hard, training hard to help all the team.”