Midfielder says he’s enjoying his football at London Stadium again after frustrating time on the sidelines at Old Trafford
Jesse Lingard admits struggles for consistency have held him back at Manchester United, but he believes those issues have been resolved after a strong start to his loan spell at West Ham.
Lingard fell out of favor at United following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP in January 2020, and had to settle for a partial role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the Hammers called in January.
The 28-year-old concedes he has failed to deliver the goods regularly to Old Trafford, but believes he is building a rhythm at London Stadium.
What was said?
“I’m obviously really enjoying my football and I have settled in really well and the guys understood me really well,” Lingard told West Ham. official site.
“I have come here to play football week after week and that’s what I do. Playing soccer makes me happy and when we win and play like we did on Sunday [when Lingard scored in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham], nothing can surpass that.
“It’s about doing it regularly and maybe that’s where I’ve struggled before, doing it regularly in games, but I can feel now that I’m getting to an age where I can keep this. consistency, that focus and focus in games and playing week after week that I haven’t been used to.
Lingard’s resurgence in West Ham
David Moyes wasted no time in integrating Lingard into his West Ham roster, the midfielder starting in the club’s last four Premier League games.
The 24-cap England international scored a stunning brace on his debut in a 3-1 win at Aston Villa on February 3 and scored the game-winning goal in the Hammers’ 2-1 London derby victory over Tottenham Sunday.
Lingard will likely retain his place in Moyes’ starting XI when West Ham travel to the Etihad Stadium to face runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City this weekend.
The bigger picture
No buy option was included in the deal that saw Lingard join the Hammers in the winter transfer window, but Moyes suggested his loan transfer could be made permanent if he continues to perform at a high level until the end of the season.
Competition for midfield places at United has only increased this season, and Lingard’s current contract is set to expire in 2022, with the news that the club could take advantage of the playmaker this summer.
Moyes said earlier this month: “The situation here is that Jesse is going to have a good chance to watch West Ham, see what he thinks of us and if he likes it, and we’ll get a good look. of Jesse and decide what we think in five or six months. “