Man United in advanced contract talks with attacking midfielder

Manchester United are in advanced talks with Jesse Lingard regarding a new contract at Old Trafford, according to reports from ESPN.

The 23-year-old was a somewhat surprise inclusion in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI for the Manchester Derby on Saturday, in what was his first Premier League appearance of the season.

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Lingard was hooked at half-time after a poor opening 45 minutes for the Red Devils, yet reports claim the club are working hard behind the scenes to tie him down to a new contract.

It’s understood the 11-cap England U-21 international is in advanced talks with the Manchester giants, who are eager to ensure he commits to them as his current deal is edging towards its final 18 months.

Lingard established himself as a first-team regular under Louis van Gaal last season after a series of loan moves and a nasty injury at the start of the Dutchman’s first campaign in charge of Man United.

He netted the winning goal as United beat Crystal Palace in last season’s FA Cup Final.

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