Man Utd: How will they benefit from Lingard loan?
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Manchester United are reportedly willing to welcome Jesse Lingard back into the fold if he continues to impress on loan at West Ham United. Lingard has joined the Hammers for the remainder of the season and he had an immediate impact.
In his debut against Aston Villa, Lingard scored twice in a 3-1 win and, according to the Sunday People, United believe that the 28-year-old could still have a future at Old Trafford.
The report notes that Lingard’s prospects are linked to the future of Juan Mata, who is out of contract in the summer.
If Mata departs at the end of the season, it is claimed that Lingard is likely to stay if he impresses at West Ham.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously said he wants Lingard to return to Old Trafford “revitalised”.
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Speaking in January, Solskjaer said: “We want Jesse to come back here revitalised and having shown at West Ham how good a player he is.
“He’s just been unfortunate with a couple of issues, some periods he had to stay away from us with Covid, isolation and close contact.
“The rest of the team has done well.
“We’ve had little to no injuries and he’s not forced his way into the team.
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“I just want him to go there and enjoy himself, show how good a player he is and come back and show he’s a Man Utd player through and through.”
Hammers boss David Moyes has said he is open to making Lingard’s switch to the London Stadium a permanent one.
Speaking after the midfielder’s debut, Moyes said: “We won’t get carried away with one game but we are really pleased for Jesse and he did a great job for us.
“The situation here is that Jesse has a good chance to look at West Ham and see what he thinks of us and to see if he likes it.
“And we are going to have a good chance to look at Jesse, as are the supporters, and we will be able to decide what we think in five or six months’ time.”
However, former West Ham winger Trevor Sinclair has questioned whether the signing of Lingard was “necessary”, telling talkSPORT: “Talking about Jesse Lingard, I’m not so sure.
“I know David Moyes has worked with him before. He is a good player, or he has been in the past. But you look at his record; 2017/18 – 33 games and eight goals in the Premier League.
“In 18/19 he had 27 and four, then you go to 19/20 and he only played 22 games and scored one goal. So, for me, I don’t think he is necessary.”
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