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A player who has not appeared in the Premier League at all this season with Manchester United has had a one-year contract extension, according to a report.
Midfielder Jesse Lingard hasn’t played a single minute in the Champions League this season either.
However, Sky sports reports that a clause has been activated in his contract, which means that he will now remain at Old Trafford until the summer of 2022.
Lingard has been linked to a move elsewhere in recent weeks, including league rivals Sheffield United.
Despite the extension of his contract, he could still temporarily leave the club next month.
Unsurprisingly, the 27-year-old wants more playing time, so a release is likely in January.
According to Sky sports, Lingard has had to isolate himself several times amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“He has been working hard in training,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.
“He has been unlucky enough to have to isolate himself a couple of times, have been in contact or be in close contact with Covid, without even having it himself.
However, the former first-team starter won’t be happy having to constantly watch from the sidelines.
The English international has played just under 100 minutes for the club this season.
The two appearances he has made have been in the League Cup.
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Man United mindset to fringe stars, says Red Devils boss
United they are enjoying a terrific nine-game unbeaten streak and are currently second in the Premier League table.
They are just three points behind leaders Liverpool who have played one more game.
Solskjaer credited his team’s recent performance with the attitude of big-name players who are not getting minutes this season.
“You have winners like Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic,” he identified.
“They don’t play every game, but they are very influential in the group and in the preparation of the games and during the games when they are not playing.”
“I think everyone has realized that they have the privilege of being a part of Man United, such a fantastic club with a fantastic history.”
Manchester United host Aston Villa on New Year’s Day, hoping to seal their 10th league win of the season.
A win would equal them on points with Liverpool, but would keep them second on goal difference, barring a nine-goal swing.