“I have always rated him highly” – Solskjaer hails Man Utd player for his brilliant form since January

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard for his brilliant form since joining West Ham on loan in January.

Lingard has been rejuvenated on loan at West Ham, contributing five goals and two assists in seven games for the Hammers, which earned him an England call-up after two years.

“I have always rated Jesse very highly and for different reasons it has not worked out for him say the last year or so. But he knows what I feel about him both as a person and as a player,” Solskjaer said.

“The way he has handled things that people don’t really know about, I’ve tried to help him of course as well as I can, but to see how he’s handled it, it’s been an example for everyone to follow. He has kept his head down, focused on his football and he gets his rewards with his performances.

“Coming back for England, he got three caps he came on in two and started one and played really well, it’s great. On a personal level, I am so happy for Jesse because you know how hard he has worked for this.

“And on a professional level, we know what he can do and of course he is a Man United player, he has been in the academy, he knows what we expect, the standard here, and he has definitely helped his own career in that way.”