SHEFFIELD UNITED are reportedly confident of signing Jesse Lingard on loan.
Jesse Lingard has made three appearances in the EFL Cup and FA Cup this seasonCredit: EPA
Chris Wilder is eager to strengthen his Sheffield United squadCredit: AFP
The Bramall Lane club are bottom of the table and 11 points from safety after 19 games.
Lingard has not featured in the Premier League this season and could be allowed to depart Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old has been reassured by his camp that joining the Blades will not affect his chances of a permanent exit from Old Trafford this summer, according to The Star.
Wilder needs recruits after again being unable to name a full complement of substitutes for Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham.
The Sheffield United boss said: “We’re squeezing everything out of these lads. We believe we’re getting everything out of them that we absolutely can.
“But a lot of them look tired and leggy and, as you can see, we don’t have the numbers at the moment.”
Lingard has been on the fringes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s squad for the past 18 months.
The academy graduate bravely revealed off-the-pitch matters had impacted his form last term.
Lingard has made three appearances in all competitions since the start of the campaign – his most recent being the FA Cup win against Watford.
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Discussing Lingard’s future, Solskjaer said: “Jesse is part of our group. Of course we have not seen the best of Jesse, we’ve not seen a lot of Jesse this season, for different reasons.
“He has got a year and a half left on his contract, I speak to Jesse more or less every day so our communication is really good.
“He works really hard in training and he is ready for his chances when they come and we just take it from there.”
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