Lingard was linked with a move back to West Ham throughout the summer transfer window following a sensational spell in the second half of last season but remains a Manchester United player
Manchester United have been told Jesse Lingard “will be gutted” at not securing transfer exit.
The 28-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham and was tipped with a return throughout the summer transfer window after he hit nine goals in 16 Premier League games from February to May.
Lingard was a revelation at the London Stadium under David Moyes but the Irons and Red Devils seemingly could not work out a deal to bring the attacking midfielder back to the capital on a permeant basis.
Instead, Moyes brought in Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow late in the window, a signing which suggested all bets of bringing the United academy graduate back.
Ex-Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson believes Lingard will be disappointed at not leaving the club despite reports and Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggesting that he wanted to stay and fight for his place.
Johnson told BettingOdds : “I think both Jesse and West Ham will be a bit gutted.
“He was enjoying his football, he was playing well and the Hammers loved him so I don’t know why that deal didn’t go through,” the 37-year-old said.
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“Surely Manchester United weren’t that desperate to keep hold of him as they’ve signed a couple of attacking players this summer, so for me Jesse is even further down the pecking order than he was this time last year.”
Johnson admitted: “It’s blown my mind how this transfer didn’t happen, but who knws? Maybe there’s the chance for another loan deal in January with hopefully an option to buy at the end of the season.
“For Jesse personally he’s missed a good opportunity to get himself a good contract and to be a Hammer,” he added. “I think he’s let one go there.”
West Ham assistant Stuart Pearce revealed the club’s interest in August, telling talkSPORT : “We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year.
“The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that.”
Lingard – a “special lad” according to one of Moyes’ right-hand men – has made one appearance for United so far this season, having tested positive for Covid-19 in recent weeks.
“He’s a special lad and was very good around the players – the players really like him,” Pearce continued.
“His ability shone out last year and gave us a great option in our squad.
“You never know, but at this moment in time it looks like he is fighting for a place in the United line-up.”
With Solskjaer often being criticised for overplaying the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford in recent seasons, the Norwegian will be hoping that Lingard brings his Irons form back to Manchester and plays a part in 2021-22.