Since returning to Manchester United in the summer, after a successful loan spell at West Ham, things probably haven’t worked out for Jesse Lingard in the way that he expects.
The midfielder absolutely set east London alight, and his goals and general all-round play were one of the factors why the Hammers were able to qualify for the Europa League.
David Moyes would almost certainly have loved the chance to sign the England international on a more permanent basis, but the apparent promise of more first-team football at United was enough of a carrot to see Lingard return to the north west.
Back at Old Trafford, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has only seen his way clear to hand Lingard one start according to Sky Sports, and now contract talks have stalled again.
With his contract due to run out in the summer, the player can talk to interested parties from January, and it would be a massive surprise if Moyes wasn’t first on the phone.
Were he to move on, it would surely be seen as another own goal from the under-fire Norwegian.