Date: 4th August 2021 at 6:57pm
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Excitement at Old Trafford has never been this high since Jose Mourinho was named Manchester United manager in 2016.

The arrivals of Jadon Sancho and World Cup and four time Champions League winner Raphael Varane and made The Red Devils one of the favourites to win the Premier League next season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side recorded their best finish under his management, finishing in second place last season.

They also reached the Europa League final where they were very narrowly beaten on penalties by La Liga side Villarreal.

The arrivals of Sancho and Varane who have cost £73 million and £43 million respectively, have already solved two areas of weaknesses which had been scuppering their hopes in recent seasons.

However, another key bit of business was the retaining of attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard, and according to Sky Sports News, West Ham United have all but given up in signing him on permanently.

Lingard could be a huge player for United this season.

The Hammers took the 28-year-old on loan last January, and the classy attacker made an instant impact at the London Stadium.

His thrust, technical excellence and creativity saw him hammer home nine goals and five assists in just 16 appearances for David Moyes’ side.

He provided West Ham with the perfect link and transition between defence and attack, dragging the Hammers up the pitch as well as scoring and creating chances at will.

Gareth Southgate even selected him in England’s initial 33 man squad for the European Championships, but he only just missed out on making the final 28 man squad.

West Ham were desperate to sign Lingard permanently, but it appears Solskjaer was impressed by his form last season, and sees a place for him in his plans.

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