Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being sacked from his role as Manchester United manager should actually be great news for West Ham.
That’s what I think anyway.
And the reason for that concerns Jesse Lingard and his potential move to West Ham from Manchester United in January.
David Moyes is desperate to bring the 32-capped England international back to the London Stadium (The Sun).
And Jesse is keen to move back to East London from Old Trafford, as is his brother and agent Louie Scott, according to ExWHUemployee.
Lingard left West Ham to return to Manchester United in the summer and things really haven’t gone to plan for him.
Everything seemed set up perfectly for Jesse to return to East London in January. That was until Solskjaer received his marching orders over the weekend.
Many West Ham fans have shared their concerns that a new manager arriving at Old Trafford could scupper the Hammers’ hopes of re-signing Lingard.
We believe it could have the opposite effect, however.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being sacked is great news for West Ham
Whoever the new Manchester United manager is will surely want to make the squad and team his own.
The new man in the hot seat at Old Trafford will undoubtedly want to make some big money additions in January.
And as a result, he will surely want to move on some of the deadwood or those coming towards the end of their current contracts. Lingard fits exactly into that criteria.
Perhaps I’m being rather optimistic but I genuinely believe that after Solskjaer’s sacking, Lingard coming back to the London Stadium in January is now even more likely.
If Moyes manages to re-sign Jesse, it could be an absolute game-changer for us and it would certainly enhance our chances of finishing inside the top four.
Hopefully the West Ham board are prepared to pay a fee for the 28-year-old in January rather than wait to snap him up on a free transfer in the summer.
Lingard quite simply has to come back to West Ham if he is to have a chance of being part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
And Solskjaer’s sacking should help facilitate that move for the 28-year-old play-maker.