Jesse Lingard reveals Gareth Southgate role in Manchester United loan exit
Lingard had fallen way down the pecking order at Manchester United ad had found opportunities hard to come by since the lockdown last year. Having failed to play regularly under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the versatile midfielder moved to West Ham on loan this past January.
Since joining the east London outfit, Lingard has absolutely thrived, banging in five goals and three assists from just seven Premier League matches. In the process, he has helped West Ham sustain their push for a top four finish.
On the back of this form, Lingard has managed to work his way back into the England national team for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
And the 28-year-old opened up on the role that the Three Lions’ manager Gareth Southgate had in his decision to leave United.
“He’s shown a lot of support and a lot of belief in me. He was the first one to give me my England debut, which I’m proud of and I still kept in contact with him, even though I wasn’t playing just to get his advice on what I should do.”
Lingard then confirmed that he had offers from abroad, but it was Southgate’s advice that convinced him to stay in the Premier League.
“Whether it was about going out to Europe or staying in the Premier League and he said, ‘If I were you I would stay in the Premier League’. So after that I had to find a Premier League side and obviously West Ham fit perfectly.”
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Having been deprived of opportunities at Manchester United, Lingard has been thriving at the London Stadium under David Moyes. Considering that he doesn’t seem to feature in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term plans, a permanent transfer may well be the best outcome for all parties involved.