Jesse Lingard signs new four year contract at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Jesse Lingard has agreed to sign a new four-year deal at Manchester United, according to reports.

The 24-year-old, who made his senior debut back in August 2014, has been a regular in the first team since being introduced as a substitute during Man United’s 3-0 win over Everton in October 2015.

He was handed his first professional contract in 2011 and has, according to reports, been in the process of discussing a new deal with the club since last November.

And according to Sky Sports, the Englishman has agreed upon a contract worth £100,000 a week – three times bigger than his old salary – with United earlier this week.

Many supporters remain ambivalent towards Lingard, pointing towards his inability to produce goals and assists on a regular basis.

But the very fact that the 24-year-old, in spite of a lack of output, has managed to hold his place in the squad tells a story in itself. Beneath the off-pitch camaraderie lies a true warrior, somebody willing to dedicate everything to the cause and cover every blade of grass.

Mourinho has clearly taken note of this and will hope that Lingard, alongside the occasional wonder-goal, continues to harass defenders and midfielders with his insatiable approach for many years to come.

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