Lingard electrified the premier league last season in East London, contributing directly to 13 goals in just 16 appearances, and returned to Manchester hoping to be able to fight for a spot in the first team, however the dream has not materialised for the 28-year-old.
The arrivals of marquee signings such as Jadon Sancho and the return of Cristiano Ronaldo did not bode well for Lingard, and even through Rashford’s injury at the start of the season, he could not break into the starting squad beyond insignificant cameos and cup appearances.
Naturally, this lack of game time could reasonably have caused some discontent, and Lingard has been extensively linked to moves away from the club too the likes of Newcastle, Tottenham and, perhaps most significantly, West Ham.
With Lingard running out of time on his contract, it is likely he may be available for a cut price if he is indeed unwilling to renew with the red devils, with reports suggesting the number may be around sold for around £10 million.
Many Blamed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who seemed determined not to give time to Lingard, and perhaps even more obviously Donny Van De Beek, which means Solskjaer’s recent departure has once again opened up speculation on where these players may fit in the future plans of the team.
The seemingly imminent arrival of Ralf Rangnick could push Lingard’s future in either direction, dependant on the German’s plans for the squad.
Lingard has previously demonstrated his desire to earn a place at his boyhood club and one can imagine he will be eager to have a discussion with the new man in charge as soon as possible.
Whatever direction this saga takes next, the January transfer window will be the month where Lingard will determine his footballing future, the decision to stick or twist being a crucial one for the seasons of him and, potentially, whichever club secures his services.