Lingard has pillaged eight goals in nine Premier League games to propel West Ham up to fourth in the table and the forward returned to the England squad for the first time in nearly two years for last month’s World Cup qualifiers.
The 28-year-old is approaching the last year of his United contract and Lingard only played three times for the club this season prior to joining West Ham – all of them in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Lingard has not started a league game for United since New Year’s Day in 2020 and West Ham want to make his loan move permanent. Solskjaer is delighted with Lingard’s career renaissance and clarified he would return to United before a final decision is made on his future.
“Jesse has been brilliant since he left,” Solskjaer began when asked if Lingard could get a new deal. “I’ve answered this quite a few times. Selfishly, we could have kept him because he’s always got a part to play.
“Jesse’s a fantastic lad around the place, Man United through and through, never once did he moan or cause me a problem (during a lack of playing time), just came in and worked really hard.
“And he deserved a chance to play more football, that’s why we let him go to West Ham, he deserved a chance for what he’s done throughout his life for Man United.
“Of course we’ll welcome him back. I hope he goes to the Euros because with his performances now and the confidence he’s got, I don’t think that’s beyond him. And I hope he has a strong finish to the league.
“It was different here, because Bruno, the form he’s played in arguably Jesse’s favourite position, and that was the decision we made. Delighted for Jesse and wish him well for the rest of the season until he comes back.”