Jesse Lingard has enjoyed a brilliant pre-season for Manchester United, scoring several goals, but missed out on the opening game of the season against Leeds after testing positive for covid.

Speaking to the press ahead of our game against Southampton, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about his hopes for Lingard in the season ahead, amidst the reports of West Ham being interested in signing him permanently.

I think Jesse’s first priority is to get into our team. I think whenever your employer is Man United, I think that’s your first priority; it always is. I think we, together, can have great moments. Of course, as a manager with players and a squad like I’ve got now, it’s difficult. It’s difficult to say that, ‘this weekend you’re not playing’, because I have got to leave players out, never mind from the starting XI, even from the squad. But they’ll all have to remember and know that they’re going to have to play a part if we’re going to be successful. Jesse is back to his fitness, he’s played really well in the behind-closed-doors game on Tuesday and he’s come back bubbly and in good shape. He’s got a big part to play.

Lingard enjoyed a brilliant spell on loan at West Ham last season, putting himself in contention for Gareth Southgate’s England squad, and will likely be tempted over being a big fish in a small pond again.

In April, he scored four and assisted one in four appearances, showing what he is capable of, but rumours continue to circulate over what his future holds.