West Ham United fans may well be saluted Carlos Tevez style when Jesse Lingard returns to the London Stadium with Manchester United this Sunday.
West Ham entertain Man United having failed to bring Lingard back following his sensational loan spell last season.
Lingard scored in Man United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle at the weekend.
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Meanwhile West Ham clearly missed his pace, energy and quality as they toiled against an average Southampton side.
Some West Ham fans still hold out hope Lingard may join them in January if it becomes clear the 28-year-old isn’t getting the regular game time he craves – and needs – to stay in the England picture.
Particularly after he reportedly snubbed a new contract at Man United recently.
Lingard is assured a rapturous reception on his return to east London for Sunday’s game.
Lingards brother sends two-word response when asked if he will do a Carlos Tevez on Sunday
After West Ham cult hero Carlos Tevez left the Hammers for Man United back in 2007 he further endeared himself to the claret and blue army by doing the crossed Hammers salute – and apologising when he scored.
Now Lingard could be about to do the same – but hopefully there will be no need for the latter.
That’s after his brother Louie Scott – the man who first revealed Lingard’s loan move to West Ham had been sealed last January – responded to a West Ham account on Twitter.
Crossed Hammers salute incoming from Lingard?
West Ham Latest sent a picture to Scott of Tevez doing the crossed Hammers to fans while playing for Man United with the message: “Jesse on Sunday.”
Scott liked the message and issued two-word response, saying: “Has to.”
Obviously these are different circumstances.
Tevez was West Ham’s player and left for Man United whereas Lingard is Man United born and bred and merely joined the Hammers on loan.
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But the midfielder has said he will always have a place in his heart for West Ham after what the club did for him in resurrecting his career.
Lingard may not get a piece of the action at the London Stadium on Sunday.
But he looks almost certain to start when the two sides meet again three days later in the Carabao Cup clash at Old Trafford.
If he does salute the West Ham fans then it can only further endear him to supporters ahead of any potential future return.