If United are not careful, they could lose an asset which Transfermarkt values at £19.8million, for free.
In a scenario where Solskjaer would be looking to offload in January, the fantastic early-season form of Said Benrahma for West Ham could dampen the club’s desire to shell out for Lingard.
Indeed, both United and Lingard seem to have committed to an illogical choice this summer, with the club foregoing the opportunity to cash in while his price was high, and Lingard foregoing the opportunity to build on his red-hot form with regular first-team football.
The player has spent his entire professional career at United, so it is no great surprise that he has found it difficult to let go.
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