The 21-year-old has instead remained at Old Trafford and David Moyes’ decision to reject Rene Meulensteen’s advances is an indication that he sees him as a future component of his side.
Recently, Lingard spoke of how his main ambition was to break into United’s first team and it must be a vote of confidence for him that Moyes rejected Fulham’s offer when he accepted a double offer for Ryan Tunnicliffe and Larnell Cole.
“I think I’ve got stronger now and mentally stronger as well,” Lingard said last week.
“I’ve been training with the first team all week and feel like I’m back now. It was hard to get back in the fold after missing a couple of games at Birmingham [through suspension] but I feel good now I’m back training at Manchester United.
“I just want to hopefully break into the United first team. That is my main aim. If not, go out on loan again. I just want to play regular football week in and week out.”
Lingard was one of the most impressive players on our pre-season tour and has been training with our first team in recent weeks, so he might not be too far away from being included in the senior squad. Judging by Moyes’ decision to keep him, that may come sooner rather than later.