Newly appointed Newcastle manager Steve McLaren knows Lingard well from his loan spell at Derby County last season and clearly admires the 22-year-old.
After accomplished performances in both the Euro U21 Championship and Manchester United’s pre-season tour this summer, interest in the attacking midfielder comes as no surprise.
Despite showing signs of progression since his serious injury in August 2014, Lingard’s chances of featuring in the first-team are limited in light of the newly found attacking talent at Louis van Gaal‘s disposal.
McLaren, who is wary of his side’s lack of creativity, will be confident of prizing the Englishman away from Old Trafford.
Van Gaal clearly thinks highly of Lingard; his incredible technical ability and versatility is something the Dutchman clearly values. However, it is unlikely that he will start against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Lingard will certainly be interested by the prospect of playing regular football in the Premier League under a manager he already knows, but van Gaal won’t want to permanently lose him. A loan deal, perhaps, would be beneficial for both clubs; it would allow Newcastle to get some attacking talent in as well as giving one of United’s most valuable young prospects some much needed Premier League experience.