Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has insisted that Jesse Lingard needs to leave the Red Devils as he is too good to play second fiddle.
The Englishman made a loan move to West Ham in January after falling out-of-favor at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Since his move to the Hammers, Lingard has been very impressive and has made an immediate impact. He will be with the London outfit until the end of the 2020/21 season but Ferdinand has advised that he has to close the chapter on his United career and move elsewhere.
‘I spoke before about this and said I thought Jesse should close a chapter on Man United because he hasn’t been a part of the squad, he hasn’t been a part of the team for ages,’ Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel.
‘You see the smile on his face now, the way he’s playing football, the confidence he seems to have.
‘There’s a glint in his eye again that I haven’t seen for two years. How can he want to go back to being a bit-part player after tasting this? He’s fitted in straight away and I can’t see him wanting to go back to Man United where he’s going to have to play second fiddle to people.
‘Because he will, he’ll have to play second fiddle to Bruno Fernandes in that position [in the hole], he’ll have to play second fiddle to anyone playing up front or wide.
‘I’m not saying that he’s not good enough, I’m saying that’s what I’ve been shown from the selections of the team and the squads that have been picked. So going off that I would move, I would go on.’
Lingard was on hand to score a brace on his West Ham debut and also netted the vital second goal in the London Derby 2:1 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, which saw the Hammers rise to the Champions League places on the Premier League table.
It can be recalled that Lingard, 28, made 22 appearances for Manchester United in the Premier League last season and just two came after Project Restart. He also came in as a substitute in those two games.
He also didn’t make a Premier League appearance for Man United this season until his move and is believed to be disappointed that he was not given a chance by Solskjaer although he was one of the strongest and the fittest in the squad when football returned last summer.
According to Ferdinand, the loan intends to ensure that numerous bids come in for Lingard in the summer transfer window, and thus far, the decision is working as the player has been top-notch.
‘I said before, a successful end of the season would be multiple clubs bidding for Jesse Lingard,’ he added.
‘Where we stand right now, I think multiple clubs will bid for Jesse Lingard and he is going to have a choice of many clubs to go to other than just West Ham.
‘Even a few of my pundit mates off camera have said ‘Oh he’s not Man United [quality]’, I’ve always maintained that Jesse Lingard is a Man United player, a top-level footballer, a proper player.’