Manchester United legend Gary Neville has said he is disappointed in Jesse Lingard for not joining West Ham United before the transfer deadline.
David Moyes has made no secret of his desire to bring Lingard back to West Ham from Manchester United following his sensational loan spell last season.
But this summer Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had publicly maintained Lingard would be part of his plans.
Moyes made no secret of his desire to see Lingard return
West Ham were hoping the 28-year-old – who had stated he wanted to play regular football for the rest of his career – might decide to return after playing just five minutes of the two Man United games he has been available for so far.
But Lingard remained at Old Trafford when the window closed last night as West Ham signed Nikola Vlasic instead.
Now Lingard, in the peak years of his career, faces being a bit-part player with the Red Devils having signed the likes of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo to add to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s embarrassment of riches.
Neville disappointed in Lingard for not joining West Ham
West Ham fans are excited to see Vlasic in action.
But many were disappointed Lingard did not return to the London Stadium.
And so too was Man United legend Neville who told Sky Sports Lingard should ‘flown the nest’.
“I’m disappointed Jesse Lingard hasn’t left,” Neville told Sky Sports.
‘Sometimes you need to fly the nest and go’
“He’ll get a few games but I think he had something going at West Ham that meant he was standing up as a really good player and to go back into being a squad player again, it’s disappointing.
“Sometimes you need to fly the nest and go.”
We couldn’t agree more Gary.
It is a crying shame Lingard’s talents will go to waste as he spends most of the season sat on Man United’s bench.
But if the player truly had that fire in his belly to keep the good thing he had at West Ham going he would have pushed for the move.