Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United are still determined to keep Jesse Lingard at Old Trafford for the long term.
Lingard’s contract expires at the end of the season and the 28-year-old will be free to talk to foreign clubs about a free transfer starting in January.
The United academy product flourished on loan at West Ham last season – and returns to London Stadium with United on Sunday – but Lingard has been in the spotlight for his role in United’s 2-1 loss to Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday.
United won 1-0 thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo and played with 10 men for most of the game following Aaron-Wan Bissaka’s red card, but it was Lingard’s late mistake that allowed Jordan Pefok to mark the winner.
Lingard has been linked with a move next summer, but manager Solskjaer has maintained United are still working to tie the England international with 31 caps on a new deal.
“He has this season left of his contract and the club are talking to him and his father,” Solskjaer said. “And we see him as a Man United player in the future as well.
“Jesse came back to us after a big stint in West Ham.
“He showed his qualities, he came back to the England team and he scores goals for England.
“We really want to see the best of Jesse this season and we hope to see him, we support him and we hope to keep him here with us.
“It’s red through and through.”
In the Premier League, United leads the standings with 10 points, alongside Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton, and continues their high-level campaign against the Hammers, also undefeated (W2, D2) on Sunday.
Solksjaer said he was not concerned about his team’s ability to get back on track after their painful loss.
He said: “Of course I waited to see when I saw them this morning when I came back – and the attitude is as you would expect.
“They are of course focused, a little disappointed but not too downcast. We know it’s a setback and we have to do better.
“We have five games to get the 10 to 12 points we need.
“It wasn’t the start we wanted but we are a good team who can bounce back again.”
Was Solskjaer responsible for United’s loss?
Manchester United brought home a legend, signed one of football’s greatest defenders and added one of the brightest prospects in European football. But at the highest level, games can still be lost on the bench and that was one of them.
It was Jesse Lingard’s brash back pass that gave Young Boys a spectacular 2-1 victory in this Champions League opener. It was Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s lunge that reduced his team to 10 men, changing the course of the evening.
But it was Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whose tactical decisions earned the Swiss side the points.