West Ham on standby: Jesse Lingard prepared to push for Man United exit
A fresh insight into Jesse Lingard’s situation at Manchester United has been forthcoming on Thursday evening.
West Ham stint
The summer, to date, has of course seen the name of attacking midfielder Lingard take centre stage in the football media.
This comes with the English international fresh off the back of a frankly remarkable career revival over the 2nd half of the 2020/21 campaign.
After his much publicised struggles for game-time over the opening half of last season, Manchester United ultimately came to the decision to farm Lingard out on loan in January.
The 28-year-old, in turn, was snapped up by Premier League rivals West Ham.
And to say that Lingard went on to take full advantage of his opportunity at the London Stadium would be putting it lightly.
Having been handed the freedom of West Ham’s midfield to operate, the English international quickly established himself as one of the Premier League’s standout performers.
All told, he racked up nine goals and four assists across 16 appearances in the colours of the Hammers, the kind of form which culminated in a Player and Goal of the Month double back in April:
Jesse Lingard won Premier League Player of the Month for April.
He also won Goal of the Month, for this 😍
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 14, 2021
United exit incoming?
Lingard, however, has since returned to Old Trafford.
Despite David Moyes and co. having made clear that the midfielder would be more than welcome back in the capital, to this point, the board at the London Stadium have been unable to thrash out a deal with their counterparts in Manchester.
If the latest word doing the rounds in the media on Thursday is anything to go by, though, then the hopes of West Ham may not yet be dead in the water.
As per a report from the reliable Paul Hirst of The Times, Lingard’s future remains far from decided.
It is claimed that the midfielder has asked boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for assurances over playing time for the season ahead.
If such guarantees are not forthcoming, Lingard, in turn, is ready to push for another Manchester departure, with West Ham no doubt keeping a close eye on the situation.
Jesse Lingard will look to leave Manchester United before the transfer window closes unless he believes he is going to play regularly in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this season.
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) August 19, 2021
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