Jesse Lingard has had an interview censored by Manchester United as the club faces the prospect of no Champions League football next season, according to reports.
The Red Devils are currently three points off fourth-placed Chelsea with both sides playing on Sunday in their penultimate matches.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is in talks with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward alongside assistant Mike Phelan, claimed during the week that high-profile players will still want to come to Old Trafford even if they don’t finish in the top four.
However, The Sun says an interview with Lingard was ‘censored’ after the winger told the interviewer that United could struggle to attract the best players if they missed out on Champions League football.
The report continues by claiming that those comments were left out of the final edit in the interview at the end of last month.
The Sun adds…
‘It is claimed that United wanted other Lingard quotes, on the subject of previous managers, to be left out and that his words on the race for the top four were cut only because they were part of the same section of the interview.
‘But other sources have disputed that explanation and agents have told SunSport that United are worried that even their massive wealth won’t be enough to secure the players they want to buy this summer.’
Solskjaer is expected to oversee somewhat of an overhaul of his United squad this summer after falling below expectations once again.
However, the club has not yet appointed a technical director/director of football despite links to a number of candidates, and Solskjaer provided a humorous response to how summer business will be handled.
“I’ll have a final say if a player comes in or go out and we’ve got regular meetings, I’m happy with the way it’s going and we’re supposed to sign 250 players so hopefully we can get players in you have written about as well,” Solskjaer told reporters on Friday.
“In the long term planning we have to think about being in the Champions League next year, we might not be and you’d be surprised how many players’ agents have been touting, not touting, but telling us their players would love to be a part of Manchester United in the future, that’s the lure and the potential and size of the club, that we will get back to the good days.
“We’ve not got up to the standards we expect but it’s up to me and the club and a season without Champions League who knows but players still want to come to Manchester United and you wouldn’t be surprised by the names that ask.”