Reported Newcastle United target Jesse Lingard didn’t feature in Ralf Rangnick’s first game as Manchester United manager.

The Red Devils beat Crystal Palace 1-0, but Lingard wasn’t even on the bench.

The midfielder had featured in the game before, making a substitute appearance in the 3-2 win over Arsenal – Michael Carrick’s final game as caretaker boss.

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Between the Arsenal and Crystal Palace games, there has been a big claim made about the future of Jesse Lingard.


The Times reported on Saturday that he is the Newcastle owners’ number one target in January. They add that the Magpies have spoke to Lingard’s advisors, and want to make him Newcastle’s best paid player and offer him a four-and-a-half year contract.

One day later and he’s nowhere to be seen on the new manager’s debut. So where was Lingard?

Ralf Rangnick explains Jesse Lingard absence amid Newcastle rumours

While Lingard would be a wonderful signing, his Manchester United absence had nothing to do with talk of a move away in January.

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Before the game, Rangnick told Man United’s official website: “Jesse and Anthony [Martial] indicated after training [yesterday] that they didn’t feel well, they felt pain. That’s the reason they are not in the squad.”

It remains to be seen whether or not Lingard has a future at Old Trafford. There was recently talk of contract negotiations stalling, but things may change now that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left.

Lingard could possibly feature more under Rangnick if he impresses in training. If that’s the case, it might convince the England international to stay with Man United instead of joining Newcastle.

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However, here’s hoping he does decide to leave Manchester in January. Then it will be down to PIF and co to convince Lingard that a move to St James’ Park is the best thing for his career.

If he can play a role in keeping us in the Premier League, he could quickly become a Toon legend.

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