Jesse Lingard is ready to agree a new four-year contract to stay at Manchester United, according to reports.
Tom Hopkinson of the Sunday People claims that the midfielder is hoping to sign a new deal until 2020 very soon and that his lawyers have already finalised the terms with the Red Devils.
Talks over a contract extension with Lingard had been put on hold when Louis van Gaal was replaced by Jose Mourinho at the end of the last campaign.
However, Mourinho seems keen to keep the former England under-21 international at Old Trafford despite subbing the 23-year-old at half-time in Saturday’s 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester City.
The Red Devils went into the break 2-1 down and Mourinho criticised a “few players” for being below their normal level in the first half against City.
“We started the game with players below the normal level. We need to be sharp in the way we think, the way we play. We had a few players below that level and we were made to pay.
“The second half was completely different. We were in control, much more dangerous.”
Lingard is now a regular in the first team at United after loan spells at Derby, Brighton, Birmingham and Leicester helped him make an impression.