Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Jesse Lingard is ‘in his plans’ at Manchester United despite rumours of transfer to West Ham

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Jesse Lingard is in his plans for the 2021/22 campaign.

Lingard dazzled on loan for West Ham in the second half of last season, hitting nine goals in 16 matches as the Hammers sealed qualification for the Europa League.

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Lingard appeared in the second half for the Red Devils as they started their pre-season programme with a 2-1 friendly win at Derby on Sunday.

He has been linked with a permanent move to West Ham but it is understood the east London club are not willing to pay the £30million asking fee demanded by United.

“Jesse is a Man United player,” said Solskjaer of the 28-year-old, who hit the woodwork in the clash. “He wants to fight for his place. He has come back bright, bubbly, loads of energy, confident.

“Everyone saw what he did towards the end of last season at West Ham. He is still in my plans.”

Solskjaer also said a decision is still to be made over whether Marcus Rashford will undergo shoulder surgery before the start of the new season.

England forward Rashford was hampered by the longstanding problem throughout the 2020-21 campaign.

Rashford has made 271 appearances for Man United and has 46 England caps under his belt

The 23-year-old is currently on holiday after making five substitute appearances for England at Euro 2020.

Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “We are reflecting. We have to make the best decision for him on what to do with his injury. We have still not decided what the course of action (is).”

Solskjaer also assured Rashford of his and the club’s ongoing support in the wake of the racial abuse he has suffered since his miss in the penalty shoot-out loss to Italy in last weekend’s Euro 2020 final.

The Norwegian said: “We will definitely support him, Man Utd fans and football fans will support him. Just having the courage to step up to take a penalty in such as game is a win in itself.

“The actions of some people are not reflective of the majority of football fans – or all football fans, (because) I don’t think they are football fans at all. Marcus is a strong boy mentally.”