Jesse Lingard is set to join West Ham on loan after declining offers from West Brom and Newcastle. Lingard leaves Old Trafford on loan for the fifth time. United expect to receive over £3million for the deal, including loan fees and the delegation of his wages.
Lack of playing time is apparently the main reason for the loan switch. The 28 year-old midfielder has only made 3 appearances for the Reds this season – and none of those in the Premier League. The arrival of Bruno Fernandes and Donny Van De Beek all but nullified the possibility for Lingard playing this season. At this crossroads in his career, Jesse Lingard really had to say goodbye to United – even if it is only temporary.
Ups and downs
Lingard has certainly had some rough patches at United. However there are plenty of Lingard magic moments to pick out. He was especially brilliant in the 2017/18 season. With 13 goals and 7 assists, he helped guide United to a shock second-place finish. Also in the same season, Lingard produced his most memorable moment for United – embarrassing Arsenal at the Emirates.
After scoring an incredible brace, Lingard proceeded to cause further embarrassment by dancing in front of the Arsenal fans. At United, Lingard showed consistently his ability to shine in big games. He notably scored an incredible goal in the Community Shield against Leicester. He also bagged the winner in the FA Cup Final against Crystal Palace.
In the 2019/20 season Lingard achieved his dream of wearing the captain’s armband, in a Europa League game against Astana. Lingard is an avid United fan. After joining the United academy from a young age his passion for the team was clear. He claimed that being the captain of Manchester United for a game was “A massive honour.”
Lingard will join a talented West Ham team, managed by David Moyes. It’s also poetic that his potential first game for West Ham could be against our arch rivals, Liverpool. Hopefully he can regain his electric form this season, and rejoin the United squad to compete with Bruno Fernandes.
So goodbye Jesse Lingard, we wish him the best of luck at West Ham! The dressing room will miss his charisma massively.