Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will ruin what remains of Jesse Lingard’s career if he blocks a permanent move to West Ham United.
The will he, won’t he Lingard saga has become tiresome for West Ham fans.
Indeed keeping track of the Lingard rollercoaster has not been easy. One thing that has been clear for some time, though, is that getting the midfield ace signed permanently is one of David Moyes’s main priorities this summer alongside signing a striker.
Many West Ham fans were devastated to hear Lingard had reportedly decided he wanted to stay and fight for his place at Man United (The Sun).
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It represented a blow for West Ham as insider ExWHUemployee previously revealed that Lingard had been telling his Hammers teammates he wanted to sign permanently.
And it appeared to be great news for Moyes as Lingard said the thing that matters most to him is regular game time – something he won’t be getting at Man United.
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West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh claimed last week that agents had only just started working on the ‘nuts and bolts of a deal’.
But there were then further reports this week that Man United boss Solskjaer was set to effectively weigh Lingard in on a £130,000 per week deal to be a Red Devils squad player for the next three years (Daily Mail).
And while Man United have the right to run their club how they wish, it would be an unbelievably selfish act from the Norwegian that risks not only scuppering West Ham’s best laid plans but ruining what remains of Lingard’s career.
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Particularly given Man United today officially completed the protracted signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73.1m – as confirmed by the Bundesliga side.
That is yet another player ahead of Lingard in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
So if the player is true to his word – and playing regularly is truly what he values most – it makes zero sense for him to pen the deal selfish Solskjaer is waving under his nose.
Lingard turns 29 next season. He narrowly missed out on England’s Euro 2020 squad after his 16 game spell with West Ham. Realistically his last chance to play at a major tournament will be the Qatar World Cup in the middle of the 2022/23 season.
So Solskjaer’s plan will ruin the player’s England chances too.
Lingard must see through Man United’s offer and do right by his own career by moving to West Ham where he will more or less be a guaranteed starter for what could be the best years of his career yet.