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Jesse Lingard has hinted that he is now ready to permanently leave Manchester United. Lingard spent a successful loan spell at West Ham with his former boss David Moyes. Now, ahead of what is set to be a busy summer with a long list of potential suitors ready and waiting, the 28-year-old has revealed that playing regular first-team football is now more important to him.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Lingard outlined: “Regular football is the most important thing for me. After going on loan and getting a good run in the team, you started to see the real me, with the goals and the assists.
“I’ve never doubted my ability, I’ve always believed in myself. I spoke to the manager (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) in pre-season and said, “I need game time”. He said, “we can discuss it December time”, and we spoke again and he agreed to let me go on loan.
“I had various conversations with him during my time at West Ham. He was very supportive and it was a great loan for me.”
Lingard struck a brace on his Hammers debut and went on to score nine goals in 16 Premier League appearances, registering five assists along the way.