Man United would be right to reward Jesse Lingard with new, improved deal

According to an exclusive report by the Star on Sunday, Manchester United are ready to offer Jesse Lingard a bumper new contract just 11 months after he signed his previous one.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Star on Sunday says that the 25-year-old has delighted manager Jose Mourinho with his performances this season, following an impressive goalscoring return.

Now, the Star on Sunday says that the Red Devils are looking to reward the England international, who is set to be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Three Lions’ upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy later this month, with a new deal even though he only penned a four-year one to stay at Old Trafford in April 2017.

The report adds that Lingard’s wages could rise from £75,000-a-week to £100,000-a-week if a deal is agreed between all parties.

How has Lingard done this season?

He has been impressive, and received high praise from fans that he hasn’t been too popular with previously.

While he has only started one of their last three Premier League matches – he played two minutes as a substitute in the 2-1 win against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday – he has made 37 appearances in total this term, netting 13 goals and providing a further five assists.

Eight of those goals have come in 26 top flight outings, where he has played a big part in helping the club cement their second-place position in the standings.

Are United right to hand him a new deal?

They certainly are.

In the modern day clubs reward players when they are hitting or exceeding their targets, and that is what Lingard has done this season.

If he is producing the goods on the pitch consistently then he deserves a pay rise, especially as he is a home-grown player.

The 25-year-old is also versatile and the fact that he can feature in and cover a number of attacking positions already mean that he is a key player in the squad.