Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s personal feelings on Jesse Lingard form explained
Man Utd: Solskjaer explains reason for Lingard loan
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly been ‘hugely impressed’ by Jesse Lingard’s performances for West Ham. The England international endured a problematic first half of the season. However, he’s been in immense form since moving to the London Stadium back in the January transfer window.
Manchester United decided to let Lingard leave on loan back in January.
The playmaker had fallen behind the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek in Solskjaer’s pecking order, barely getting a look-in as a result.
Lingard has been a player reborn since moving to West Ham, however.
The 28-year-old has scored five times for the Hammers, weighing in with two assists from just seven performances.
And he was in majestic form for England in midweek, producing a man of the match display as San Marino were beaten 5-0 at Wembley.
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Now, The Sun say Solskjaer has been hugely impressed by Lingard’s performances.
And it’s claimed United may even now look to tie the midfielder down to a new three-year contract with the club.
West Ham are hoping to land the Red Devils star for a fee in the region of £15million to £20m at the end of the campaign.
Yet it’s stated United would demand more than that to let Lingard go, especially given how fantastic he’s been at West Ham since his arrival.
Solskjaer managed Lingard at academy level and, at the start of his reign as manager, picked the England international on a regular basis.
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But the West Ham star has been on the fringes of things ever since Fernandes’ move to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon last year, with the 26-year-old now a Solskjaer undroppable.
What ultimately happens remains to be seen.
Yet it appears there could yet be a future for Lingard at Old Trafford after all, something that seemed unfeasible only a few months ago.
Meanwhile, speaking in midweek, Lingard opened up on the role Gareth Southgate has played in his turnaround in form and fortunes.
“He’s shown a lot of support and belief in me, he gave me my England debut, which I’m proud of,” Lingard told talkSPORT.
“I still kept in contact with him even though I wasn’t playing, just to get his advice on what I should do.
“It was just about the right move, whether it was going out to Europe or staying in the Premier League.
“He said, ‘If I was you, I would stay in the Premier League’. After that, it was about finding a Premier League side and West Ham fitted in perfectly.”
On the moment he heard he was back in the England squad, he added: “It was amazing, even for my family. It was emotional and it’s been a long time coming.
“I’ve had to work hard and graft, and I still believe in myself to play at the highest level. If you work hard, you get the rewards in the end.
“Things happen off the pitch which can affect your performances, when I went on loan to West Ham I had a load of targets written down, and I’ve already hit certain ones already.
“It’s just about having the right mindset and focus.”
Lingard could feature when United lock horns with Albania in their World Cup qualifying match on Sunday (5pm).
The Three Lions also will go up against the likes of Poland, Hungary and Andorra in the months ahead.
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