Iron's In Lingard's Fire

Jesse Lingard and his agent, who is also his brother, have been playing a cat and mouse game with Manchester United since the attacking midfielder returned to Old Trafford from his highly successful loan spell at West Ham. The player who is a youth product from the Carrington based academy, returned to the North of England confident that he had showed enough during his time in the capital to be recalled to Ole Gunnar's first team, despite the arrival of Jayden Sancho!

Unfortunately for Jesse, Ronaldo 'decided' to rejoin Utd thus firmly knocking Lingard down the pecking order. Athough Lingard has performed admirably when called upon this season, including his late goal at the London Bowl that ultimately sealed victory for the visitors.

As we have mentioned before, the 28 year old's desire to earn a starting berth wit the club he grew up with is admirable, and a course of action Hammers fans would expect of a player coming through their own Academy. However in the cold light of day, irrespective of how much he shines during his 'cameo' appearances, Lingard will never be more than a bit player if he remains at Old Trafford.

Already financially secure, Lingard has already expressed his desire to make the final cut of England's World Cup squad for the finals in Qatar having narrowly missed out on the Euro Cup. Newcastle may well 'queer' Hammers pitch to bring Lingard back to East London, but he clearly loves the club and gets on famously with all the players, and even more importantly the manager.

There is NO way Nikola Vlasic and Lingard cannot work either in tandem or independently, they are different players but could be the vital constituents of a team that could really progress, how much does Moyes want Linhgard"? Better ask Rob Newman! - LN

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