Jesse Lingard has opened up on his disappointment at not getting a chance at Manchester United this season. The England international joined West Ham on loan until the end of the campaign in January after being restricted to appearances in domestic cups at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Lingard had been sent to work with former United boss David Moyes because it had “just not worked for him” this season. After making an immediate impact at his new club, Lingard has explained the reasoning behind the fifth loan move of his career
"At this age, it's all about regular football and showing people what you can do,” he told BT Sport ahead of West Ham’s Premier League game against Sheffield United this evening. “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 and I'll always go out with a fight. I came back one of the strongest and fittest 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.”
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