May 14, 2021

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Andy Cole urges Manchester United to offload Jesse Lingard despite resurgence at West Ham

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Lingard is back to his best at the London Stadium
Lingard is back to his best at the London Stadium (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United hero Andy Cole feels his former club should part ways with Jesse Lingard despite his resurgence while on loan at West Ham.

The United academy graduate had been struggling for regular playing time at Old Trafford and decided to make the move to the Hammers in January for the rest of the season.

While at the London Stadium, Lingard has registered an impressive eight goals and three assists in just nine Premier League games and West Ham are reportedly ready to do whatever it takes to sign the midfielder on a permanent deal.

The midfielder struggled for game time under Solskjaer
The midfielder struggled for game time under Solskjaer (Picture: Getty Images)

And Cole believes that Lingard moving on from United in the summer transfer window would represent the best outcome for both the club and the player.

The ex-Red Devils striker told talkSPORT: ‘The opportunity for him to go on loan to West Ham came at a fantastic time. He’s taken it with both hands.

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‘Now Manchester United have a decision to make. Take him back or sell him in the summer for a little bit more money than was expected?

‘I think if I was Manchester United, I would move him on.

‘And if I was Jesse I would want to go and play games. Definitely.’

Lingard’s excellent form earned him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad and he will be eyeing the chance to go to Euro 2020.

Solskjaer, meanwhile, has insisted that he rates Lingard highly and is hoping to see him play for his country at this summer’s tournament.

‘You know, sometimes as a manager, you can think only about yourself and your own squad,’ said Solskjaer last week.

‘The selfish thing would have been to keep Jesse, because he would have got the chance.

‘He knows we made the decision to let him go and that was a personal decision he was going to benefit from and West Ham were going to benefit from.

‘He deserved to play more towards the end of the season because there is a big Euros as well in the summer and we hope he is going to be part of it.

‘I have always rated Jesse very highly.’

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