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06th Apr 2017

Jesse Lingard’s new contract has provoked a strong reaction

No sitting on the fence here...

Robert Redmond

Jesse Lingard divides opinion like few other Premier League players.

Some find his dancing and elaborate handshakes annoying. While others find them very, very annoying.

However, the Manchester United winger scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final last year, and a goal in the EFL Cup final this season.

He’s not a guaranteed starter for Jose Mourinho’s side, but the United manager appears to see him as a useful member of the squad as Lingard has signed a new four-year deal.

“Jesse has been with the club since the age of seven,” Mourinho told the club’s website on Thursday.

“He has good intelligence which, when combined with his energy and ability, makes for a player with a great future ahead of him.

“Jesse is a popular member of the squad and I am delighted he has signed a new contract.”

Lingard’s new deal, worth a reported £100,000 a week, has provoked a strong reaction on social media.

Some felt it wasn’t the end of the world, and that such a figure is the going rate for a squad player with one of the world’s richest clubs.

However, others see it as confirmation that football has now completely lost the run of itself.

Lingard may not be a world beater, and probably wouldn’t last two minutes in a dressing room containing Roy Keane, but good luck to him.

He must be doing something right.

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