Having played a hand in more goals than any other Premier League player since his move to West Ham United, Jesse Lingard is inspiring a re-think at Manchester United.
After featuring in just three appearances across all competitions by the turn of the year, Lingard's career with the Red Devils appeared to be all-but over but the England international's form since joining West Ham on loan in January could inspire a re-think at Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old continued his fine form when he recorded his sixth goal and third assist of the campaign for the Hammers, in what was just his eighth appearance for the club, during Monday's 3-2 league win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Following Lingard's latest impressive display, ex-Man Utd captain Gary Neville was quick to lavish the Warrington-born star with praise and shared his view that the club might have had a re-think regarding his long-term future in Manchester.
"He does an incredible amount of running," Neville told Monday Night Football. "It's what he does. He's good out of possession and good in possession.
"At Manchester United, because there is that expectation of what you need to be, to be a wide player there, he's always going to get a difficult press.
"But if he was playing in a world-class team, if he was, say, Ji-Sung Park 10 years ago playing with [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Wayne] Rooney, doing that supplementary role, then people would be saying he's perfect for this squad.
"The problem is he was not playing in Manchester United teams as good as that, so he gets a bit of stick.
"He's a really good player. He's going to have a great career. Manchester United have sent him out to West Ham to boost his career, maybe with the thought of boosting his price tag, but they might be thinking, 'actually, we might want him back, he could be a real help to us'.
"If Jesse wants to play, and you can see he does want to play, then he needs to leave, because he's not going to play every single week for a Manchester United team that's competing for second or first place in the league.
"But if he's willing to go back there and compete and be the player that Dan James has been for the last few weeks, in and out, then there's no doubt he can play for Manchester United."
An academy graduate of the Manchester giants, Lingard made his debut for the club in 2014 and has since gone on to score 33 goals in 210 appearances, winning no fewer than four major honours.
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