Man United star told to focus on performance and not new deal

Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has been told to focus on his performance and forget about a new contract for now, Daily Star reports.

The 22-year-old has been on top form for manager Louis van Gaal in recent weeks despite the squad being criticised for their lack of attacking football.

His displays against CSKA Moscow and West Bromwich Albion led his team to all three points, chipping in with one goal and one assist in his previous two matches.

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Even though Lingard is well on his way to becoming a regular selection for Van Gaal, he is still the lowest paid player in the first team, earning only £8000-a-week.

He signed a new deal back in February, but senior officials at the club have revealed that they hope the winger continues his form, but are not planning to discuss a pay-rise at the moment.

“We are aware of how talented Jesse is, which is why we gave him a new deal earlier this year,” he said.

“There are no plans to sit down with him and discuss another new deal. The most important thing is that he continues to make progress.”

Lingard joined the club when he was just seven years-old, rising through the youth ranks and has so far only made five senior competitive appearances for the first team, scoring one goal.