Lingard reveals how he was able to survive the Manchester United bench

Jesse Lingard had a torrid time at Manchester United before sealing a loan move to West Ham in January.

The 28-year-old lost his place in the team as he fell out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

While on loan with the Hammers, Lingard has bagged 7 goals and 2 assists in just 7 games, and has earned a recall back to the national team.

The Manchester United academy product has admitted that sitting on the bench over the past year was quite frustrating for him, and he had to watch old games of himself playing, to keep his hopes alive.

“It was a tough period building up to the loan. I felt like I deserved to be playing for United but obviously I knew in myself I had to go on loan,” said Lingard.

“So there was a range of emotions, I was going through all sorts. So just to get it over the line and sign the papers was a good feeling.

“I think you just have to believe in yourself and believe in your ability. It would have been quite easy for me to give up and fall off. ‘At the time it was hard. You train all week, building up to the game and then not getting picked is difficult for any player.

“There was a time in lockdown when I just looked back at some old England games, and games that I played well in for United, just to get the fire in my belly again.

“Since coming here I’ve had targets written down on a board and until I hit them, I won’t be fulfilled.”