West Ham United legend Trevor Sinclair has questioned whether Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard had the ambition to play for the Hammers.
West Ham fans were gutted that Lingard did not return on a permanent basis after his sensational spell on loan from Man United last season.
The 28-year-old scored nine goals and laid on six assists in 16 games to help West Ham into the Europa League last season.
Lingard ‘snubbed’ West Ham return despite no prospect of regular game time at Man United
Lingard was the main man at the London Stadium alongside Declan Rice.
But after reportedly snubbing a return to West Ham, Lingard has played just five minutes so far this season.
With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho signed by the Red Devils over the summer, Lingard’s hopes for ‘regular game time’ look laughable.
Now speaking on talkSPORT, former West Ham star Sinclair has questioned whether Lingard had the ambition to fly the nest and continue his Hammers adventure.
Hammers legend Sinclair questions whether Lingard had the ambition to make London Stadium move
“The proof of the pudding will be, if he doesn’t get given them assurances (over regular game time) and signs a new deal, then for me that says that he’s not as ambitious as I’d like him to be,” Sinclair said on talkSPORT.
“I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed (in Lingard) but I’m slightly confused that he didn’t want to take the West Ham job permanent and sign for them.
“He was loved there, he was the main man, he played one time for Manchester United in 2020/2021. He played 16 for West Ham, got what double figure goals, got himself back in the England squad – why would you not want to be in that environment.
“Loved by the fans, loved by his teammates and the coaching staff.”
Irony as Man United game against West Ham could mark first and rare start for Lingard
Sinclair makes some salient points. Although there have been suggestions that Lingard’s personal circumstances are keeping him up north.
But who knows we may see him back in the claret and blue in January if he is left kicking his heels on the fringes of the Man United squad as expected between now and then.
Somewhat ironically, Lingard looks a dead cert for a West Ham reunion soon.
The midfield ace is almost nailed on to get his first – and probably one of his only – Man United starts of the season when the Hammers visit Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday September 22nd.