Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “bluffing” about Jesse Lingard’s future at the club amid his ongoing links to West Ham, according to Danny Mills.
After five seasons as a regular for Man Utd, Lingard fell down the pecking order in the lead up to the 2020/21 campaign.
This coincided with the arrival of Bruno Fernandes and he did not play once for United in the Premier League last season up until January.
This led to him joining West Ham on loan for the remainder of the campaign. Lingard returned to form for the Hammers as he was involved in 13 goals from his 16 league outings.
The Englishman is now back with Man Utd for pre-season. Earlier this month, Solskjaer suggested that Lingard was “in his plans at the moment”.
West Ham are interested in bringing the midfielder back to the club and Man Utd rate him at around £30m.
“I don’t quite understand this.
“Whether it’s just Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United saying the right things to keep the transfer fee high. The moment you say he’s surplus to requirements you annoy the player and devalue him very, very quickly because everybody knows you want to get rid of him.
“I said this when he went to West Ham and started playing well, Ole said ‘Oh, he was brilliant with us, he’d been training well and looking sharp’. Why did you let him go out on loan then?
“He didn’t take time to get going, he hit the ground immediately. If he was sharp in training and looking after himself like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer squad, why was he not in and around the Man United squad?
“Suddenly, he’s gone out and done well and now he’s back in. There was no reason to send him out on loan in the first place, if that was the case.
“I think this is a little bit of a bluff. They want to keep up appearances, ‘We want to keep him. If you want him, you’re going to have to prise him away rather than us give him away’.”