Ten Hag Keen To Speak To United Forward But He Has ‘No Interest’ In Talking To The Manager

Manchester United's Anthony Elanga celebrates scoring their first goal with Jesse Lingard.

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Erik ten Hag’s early work to shape his Manchester United squad has suffered a set back, as one player at the club has rebuffed his approach.

The Ajax manager is yet to arrive in Manchester, but has already been involved in some key decisions regarding the summer rebuild. As per The Mirror, Ten Hag allegedly plans to talk to every United player, including those who are out of contract, before deciding who he wants to keep and sell.

Accordingly, the Dutchman is keen to speak to Jesse Lingard about his future. But the England forward has no interest in talking to the incoming manager, BBC Sport have reported.

He has made up his mind to leave his boyhood club after feeling ‘let down over his treatment’ during the final year of his contract.

Ralf Rangnick’s decision to not play him in United’s last home game of the season against Brentford also didn’t go down well with the player and his representatives, who feel he was denied an Old Trafford farewell after “20 years of blood, sweat and tears, four domestic trophies and three cup final goals.”

Newcastle United, AC Milan, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain have expressed their interest in signing the 29-year-old on a free transfer this summer.

Meanwhile, Ten Hag will have to look for the Englishman’s replacement. According to BILD, United are interested in Christopher Nkunku. The Frenchman, who is versatile like Lingard, wants to leave RB Leipzig at the end of the season.