Jesse Lingard is ready to leave Manchester United this summer if he sees that he won’t get regular playing time at the club this season as he wants to boost his chances of returning to the Three Lions squad.
It can be recalled that he fell out of favor at Old Trafford and was sent on loan to West Ham last season where he impressed and was applauded for his performances for the Hammers.
Regardless, a report by the Times, suggests that Lingard is keen for more playing time this season and could force his way out of Old Trafford before the transfer window closes on August 31.
The 28-year-old was impressive in the preseason as he scored against Queens Park Rangers and shone against Derby County. It can be recalled that he was ruled out of the 5:1 defeat of Leeds United by COVID but returned to training and scored again in a friendly against Burnley on Tuesday.
Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly considering whether to include him in the squad against Southampton. Regardless, he’ll have to battle for game time considering that Bruno Fernandes prefers the No 10 role.
The availability of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Paul Pogba, and new signing Jadon Sancho will only make it difficult for Lingard despite his 9 goals and 5 assists for David Moyes’ West Ham last season.
Leaving Old Trafford is not an easy decision for Lingard but he may have to call it quits to enhance his chances of being selected by Gareth Southgate for the Three Lions squad.
He was included in the provisional squad for the Euro 2020 tournament but was excluded from the final 23-man group. Regardless, it is believed that Southgate was impressed by his attitude and performance after returning to the team.
An inquiry for the star who is valued at £25m was reportedly made from Italy but no official bid has been received for the player. The Hammers are interested in re-signing him on a permanent deal but are not willing to meet the valuation being set by Manchester United.
Lingard was instrumental in West Ham’s sixth-placed Premier League finish last term as they missed out on the UEFA Champions League places by just 2 points.