He just made three appearances for the Red Devils this season. None of those three outings came in the Premier League.
Jesse Lingard has had a bright start to his life in London. On his debut for Hammers, Lingard scored two goals to help his team beat Aston Villa.
More than that his goals, it was beautiful to see the player enjoying his football after a long time. He was making runs behind the defender and was playing without any pressure. At West Ham, he has the time to rejuvenate his career without the intense scrutiny which a Manchester United player faces.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has come out and advised the midfielder to make his West Ham stay a permanent one.
Ferdinand stated on BT Sport, “What’s his ambition here, beyond this season, what is the [Lingard] looking to do? If West Ham doesn’t put a bid in to buy him at the end of this loan I think this loan has to be seen as a failure. That’s got to be his aim. To get a bid from West Ham and other clubs to take him out of Man United. Because I don’t see him going back to Man United and really affecting that squad now. I think they’ve moved past him with the players they’ve recruited, he doesn’t feature, hasn’t done for so long.”
No place for Jesse Lingard at Manchester United?
The competition for the places in the attacking half of the pitch has grown immensely under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Lingard is behind Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, and Donny Van De Beek when it comes to the number 10 spot.
On the right-wing, Solskjaer has Mason Greenwood and Daniel James to switch with. Even 33-year-old Juan Mata is a more reliable option for the manager at the right flank.
Thus, Jesse Lingard will always find it hard to break into Manchester United’s first team. The England international is a player who plays with passion on his sleeves. He runs tirelessly and looks to close down spaces when Man United don’t have the ball.
He is one of those players who will give their 100% on the pitch every time they are given the opportunity. But the main question here for Solskjaer is that if Lingard’s best form good enough to find a place in Manchester United starting XI. We doubt that.
We see a lot of substance in Rio Ferdinand’s claim that the team has moved on from Jesse Lingard. David Moyes led West Ham is hoping to land up a European spot this season. They are standing at 5th position with 42 points, equal to fourth-placed Chelsea’s points tally.
With few of the big six teams failing to find some consistency, they have a golden chance to make it top six at least. If Jesse Lingard can help his new team reach this milestone, Gareth Southgate might consider him for a spot in England international team as well.