Jesse Lingard returns to Manchester for a night out with close friend Marcus Rashford after inspiring West Ham United to another win
The England international – currently on loan at the east London club from boyhood side Manchester United – enjoyed a night out with close friend and teammate Marcus Rashford at upmarket restaurant The Ivy.
Sporting a smart bomber jacket over slim fitting jeans and trainers, Lingard, 28, looked relaxed as he exited the Spinningfields eatery some 90 minutes after Rashford.
The old stomping ground: Jesse Lingard was back in his native Manchester on Monday after inspiring West Ham United to another Premier League victory
The pair appeared to be making the most of England’s newly relaxed lockdown by socialising in the restaurant’s open-air rooftop bar and eating area.
Lingard was back in Manchester after adding two more goals to his West Ham account during a 3-2 win against Leicester City on Sunday.
The winger has breathed new life into West Ham’s unlikely Champions League push – and the three points against fellow challengers Leicester saw them take back fourth.
Good times: The England international enjoyed a night out with close friend and teammate Marcus Rashford (not pictured) at upmarket restaurant The Ivy
Lingard’s resurgence after more than a year in the wilderness at Manchester United has caught the eye of a number of heavyweights across Europe, according to recent reports.
ESPN have claimed that Lingard is being monitored by several top clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Lingard has just one year left to run on his United deal and was frozen out by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a series of uninspiring performances.
On fire: Lingard’s fine form at West Ham continued with two goals taking his tally to eight last weekend
Pals: The footballer has played with old friend Rashford for Manchester United and the England national side
But, with Lingard running the show after his move away, the signs point towards West Ham pushing to secure a spot at the top table, just like United, for next season.
They currently sit fourth in the standings, one point ahead of Chelsea and three clear of champions Liverpool, with seven games left.
Lingard’s impressive form is also expected to see him win a place in England manager Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the delayed UEFA Euro 2020 when the tournament kicks off in June.