Lingard’s Perfect Response To Solskjaer Parting Words Despite Ferdinand Comments
Lingard’s perfect response to Solskjaer parting words despite Ferdinand comments.
The Manchester United midfielder barely had a sniff of action during the opening half of the season, but is now thriving on loan at West Ham United, leading the Hammers bid for a European spot. When Jesse Lingard’s loan switch to West Ham United was made permanent on January 28, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t go in for the usual platitudes. Instead, the Manchester United manager’s parting words made clear his feelings on Lingard’s inability to break into his starting lineup this season.
Chief among them were a period where the England international had been isolating due to Covid, and the fact that those in front of him in the pecking order were just doing better.
There was no great mystery to it and Lingard’s declaration that “I didn’t get my chance” wasn’t major – it just reaffirmed what Solskjaer had already said.
But what was most interesting was the challenge Solskjaer laid down. We want Jesse to come back here revitalised and having shown at West Ham how good a player he is,” he stated, before adding: “He’s a Man United player through and through. For Lingard, under the a man who played a key role in his rise through United’s reserve team a decade ago, the Old Trafford door is if not wide open, then at least is remaining ajar. Rio Ferdinand, speaking on BT Sport on Monday night, had a different take however, insisting: “What’s his ambition here, beyond this season. What is he looking to do?
“If West Ham don’t put a bid in to buy him at the end of this loan I think this loan has to be seen as a failure.
“That’s got to be his aim – to get a bid from West Ham and other clubs to take him out of Man Utd.
“Because I don’t see him going back to Man Utd and really affecting that squad now.
“I think they’ve moved past him with the players they’ve recruited, he doesn’t feature, hasn’t done for so long.
Certainly, Ferdinand has a point.