Jesse Lingard transfer news: Midfielder 'in Manchester United plans' as West Ham wait on move

England star Jesse Lingard's future is up in the air this summer but Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects him to stay at Old Trafford

Jesse Lingard of Manchester United reacts during the pre-season friendly match between Derby County and Manchester United at Pride Park on July 18, 2021 in Derby, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Jesse Lingard is part of Manchester United's plans going into the new season, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Lingard has returned to Old Trafford after a hugely successful loan spell at West Ham United last season reignited his career.

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The attacking midfielder looked to have no future in Manchester after slipping down the pecking order and not starting a Premier League game for the Red Devils in a year.

But his spell at West Ham reignited his career, as he combined goals and assists to force his way back into the England squad, only just missing out on a place in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.

Solskjaer's side began their pre-season preparations with a 2-1 win over Derby County on Sunday, with Tahith Chong and Facundo Pellistri on target for last season's Premier League runners-up.

Lingard, who has been at United since 2011, came on as a second-half substitute after returning to Solskjaer's set up following a successful loan spell at West Ham last season.

West Ham are still keen on signing him and are waiting on a decision as to whether he has a future at Old Trafford, which Solskjaer now seemed to suggest he does.

After the game, he said: "He was one of the positives. He's a Manchester United player and he wants to fight for his place.

"He's come back bright, confident and with lots of energy. I think everyone saw what he did at the end of last season with West Ham.

"He's still in my plans. I expect him at Man Utd at the start of the season."