The England international enjoyed a productive time in East London and has now been re-added to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad
Jesse Lingard says his loan period at West Ham felt like “pressing the refresh button” as the rejuvenated midfielder is now back at Manchester United as the 2021-22 season approaches.
A move to east London came in January after the 28-year-old playmaker fell out of favor at Old Trafford and needed a change of scenery to rediscover a spark.
He did that at the Hammers, scoring nine goals in 16 games, and Lingard is now back on the minds of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trying to make a positive impact again at United.
What was said
When he found the kind of shape that many doubted he could recreate, Lingard said MUTV his time at West Ham: “It was a great time. It was like hitting the refresh button.
“I was always ready to take off and was always fit and ready to play.
“I’ve played every game since I’ve been there and when you play so many games you get a little bit of confidence.
“Of course the goals and assists came too. West Ham was brilliant with me: the team, the staff, the club. They helped me get where I am, but it also took a lot of hard work on my part. ” “
The bigger picture
Lingard’s renaissance earned him a recall to England ahead of Euro 2020, despite being banned from Gareth Southgate’s squad for the final itself.
That was a blow to the charismatic performer, but he proved many points to those who wrote him off.
Upon his return from the international wilderness, Lingard said, “At the time it was [one goal] was obvious to make the March internationals. Goals, assists, take-ons, shots. To be productive in every game and to maintain that consistency.
“Consistency is definitely a main thing. If you play normal football you need to maintain that consistency and keep scoring goals or trying to influence the game in other ways if you fail to score or help.”
Lingard worked for United last season, suggesting he could play a more prominent role under Solskjaer, but he still faces tough competition for places like Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Donny van de. exposed Beek.