England international Jesse Lingard produced the best months of his football career while he was on loan at West Ham United from Manchester United in the second half of last season and he decided to return to the club to fight for a place in the first team squad during the final year of his current contract with the Red Devils.
Lingard opted for a Manchester United return when the Hammers were keen on making him their player on the back of a successful loan spell. Since his return to the Theatre of Dreams from his loan spell at West Ham United this summer, Lingard has not been given much opportunities to show his numerous attacking qualities. Recently, it was revealed that the England national team player turned down the offer of a new deal amidst the interest from big European teams such as AC Milan and Barcelona.
Manchester United risk losing Lingard for free next summer if he fails to sign a new contract. As a matter of fact, he can start speaking to clubs about a free transfer move as from the start of next year. If they fail to hang on to Lingard, Manchester United have a readymade replacement in Hannibal Mejri who has been likened to club legend David Beckham.
Former Manchester United midfielder and coach Nicky Butt compared Hannibal Mejri to greats such as Bryan Robson and David Beckham during an interview in February 2020. Nicky Butt is no stranger to David Beckham after they played together for several years. In addition, Butt and Beckham are also business partners. They are both co-owners at Salford City alongside former Manchester United teammates namely Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.
Mejri signed for Manchester United from French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco in the summer of 2019 and he made his debut for the Red Devils in the Premier League clash with Wolves on the final day of last season.