Jesse Lingard aims dig at Man United

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Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard aimed a dig at Man United after loan move to West Ham

Jesse Lingard has claimed he didn’t get enough time to shine at Manchester United, before he was sent out on loan to West Ham.

The 28 year old has been impressive for the Hammers since joining them last month, with two goals and an assist in his first few games.

Lingard was however, limited to a handful of opportunities during his time at Old Trafford, as he was repeatedly snubbed for Premier League games prior to his loan move.

Last season, the Englishman made 22 appearances for United, but unfortunately, only two of them came after the lockdown— and they were both made from the bench.

And according to Lingard, it was a difficult past year to endure at Old Trafford, especially considering he was one of the fittest players at the time.

Speaking to BT Sport recently, he noted, “At this age, it’s all about regular football and showing people what you can do.

“First and foremost I’m here to play, win and help the team, so hopefully I can do that and we’ll see where we’re at come the end of the season. But it’s about playing with a smile on my face and enjoying my football and getting back to the old Jesse.

“Football is a lot of ups and downs, people go through different stages and it’s not just a straight road to the top. There are a lot of setbacks which most people don’t see and a lot of things that go on behind closed doors.

“During the lockdown I recapped my best moments playing football – the season under Jose (Mourinho) where I scored all of those goals and went to the World Cup and the season when Ole came in and I started well.

“So I started recapping a lot of games to see where I did well, getting that fire in my belly and drive again to go and kick on because it would have been easy for me to fall off and take the easy option out. But a person like me who’s been through a lot and knows the game, I can’t just give it up like and I’ll always go out with a fight.

“I came back one of the strongest and fittest (in the Man Utd squad) after the lockdown and I didn’t get my chance that I was waiting on but the whole time I was there and not playing I was doing extra training and keeping on top of my fitness for when the time was right.

“So for me it’s about working hard and staying dedicated and I went back to basics.”