Despite being “one of the strongest and fittest” players in the squad, Jesse Lingard opened up his anger at not having a shot at Manchester United this season.
After being restricted to appearances in domestic cups at Old Trafford, Lingard joined West Ham on loan until the end of the campaign in January.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that because it had “just not worked for him” this season, Lingard was sent to work with former United manager David Moyes.
Since making the move to East London, Lingard has played both of the West Ham games he was available for and scored twice on his debut against Aston Villa on February 3.
Until the summer of 2022, the 28-year old midfielder is under contract at United, but his future remains unclear beyond the end of the 2020/21 season.
Lingard has clarified the logic behind the fifth loan move of his career after having an immediate impression of his new club.
“It’s all about regular football at this age and showing people what you can do,” he said to BT Sport this evening ahead of West Ham’s Premier League game against Sheffield United.
“I’m here to play, win and support the team first and foremost, so hopefully, I can do that and we’ll see where we’re at at the end of the season. But it’s a matter of playing with a smile on my face, loving my football, and going back to the old Jesse.
There are a lot of ups and downs in football, people go through various stages and it’s not just a straight path to the top. There are a lot of setbacks that are not noticed by most people and a lot of stuff that goes on behind closed doors.
I recapped my best moments playing football during the lockdown-the season under Jose (Mourinho) where I scored all those goals and went to the World Cup and the season when Ole came in and I began well.”