Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that Jesse Lingard’s new contract is very important for Manchester United.
Jesse Lingard progressed through the Manchester United academy since joining it at a very young age, and eventually managed to establish himself as an integral part of the first-team during the reign of Louis van Gaal at the helm of Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old has continued to perform well following the Dutchman’s departure, and is currently a valuable member of Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Lingard’s performances have earned him a new contract which will last till 2021, with an option to extend for a further year. Moreover, his wages have been increased to £100,000-a-week, making him one of the highest earners at the club.
The England international’s new and improved contract has certainly raised a few eyebrows, but Mourinho has silenced all the critics by claiming that this new deal happens to be very important for himself as well as Manchester United.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of their Premier League encounter against Sunderland, the Portuguese tactician stated: “I think he is a good player already. And because of his age and because of his happiness in the work, I think he has conditions to be even better.
“Apart from that, English, made in the academy – very important for the club these players made at home – so it is a very important contract.
“And I congratulate him and obviously the board to agree with him and to give this stability also for me because it is important for me to know that he is not in danger, that he is in a situation under our control.”
Jesse Lingard, who has already scored for his boyhood club in the 2016 FA Cup final, the 2016 FA Community Shield, and the 2017 EFL Cup final, will now be hoping to continue his goalscoring form in all of United’s crucial games for the years to come.