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‘Naughty’ – What every Manchester United manager has said about Jesse Lingard

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Jesse Lingard has left Manchester United to join West Ham United on loan for the remainder of the season.

Lingard has struggled for game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season and has re-joined former United boss David Moyes in east London in hopes of reviving his career.

As MEN Sport have reported , West Ham have agreed to pay a £1.5million loan fee for his services and will pay his £80,000-per-week wages in full.

Lingard came through the United academy and has been highly thought of ever since he was a part of the side which won the FA Youth Cup in 2010-11.

He is no stranger to a loan spell, with West Ham his fifth, having previously spent time at Leicester City, Birmingham City, Brighton and Derby County.


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With the 28-year-old under contract at United until the summer of 2022, the hope is that he will return to Old Trafford brimming with confidence to kick on next season.

Although he has only made three appearances this season, all in cup matches, it was not long ago that he was a regular for both United and Gareth Southgate’s England side.

So with Lingard set for a new chapter of his career, here is what all his permanent United managers have said about his talents.

‘A winning mentality’ – David Moyes

“I’ve seen him play as a young boy, when he was still a wide player on the right, and I’ve seen him play off the left,” West Ham boss Moyes said after the move was made official.

“He’s played for England as a number 10, he’s played for England as a number eight, and I actually think if we needed him as a False 9, he could do that as well.

“We’re bringing in that versatility, I’ve wanted to try to get an energetic team at the moment and Jesse has been known for his work-rate and effort, so I think he’ll fit in nicely with what we’ve got.

“I hope he brings us a little bit of quality too, and a winning mentality from Manchester United.”



Lingard has not played in the Premier League since July
Lingard has not played in the Premier League since July

‘It’s a challenge for Jesse’ – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

“Jesse has been a part of the club for so long and of course he’s now at an age where he should be playing more football,” Solskjaer told the club website.

“It’s just not worked for him this season. He’s had a couple of issues and with the strength we’ve got in the squad anyway we felt we’d give him the opportunity to go and play and restart his career really because it’s been a long time without a football, more than half a season. Hopefully it’ll work out and he’ll come back in the summer the same Jesse.

“They’re having a fantastic season, they’ve done great. It’s a challenge for Jesse and he’ll have to go and prove how good he is so we wish him all the best.”

‘Naughty but funny guy’ – Jose Mourinho

Speaking to the Daily Mail in 2018, Mourinho said: “He is a naughty but funny guy. He is the funny one that doesn’t disturb the class. He is the funny one that the teacher isn’t upset with.

“He is the one that makes things work and in the right moment he is positive and he makes everyone in the class laugh and creates a good atmosphere and that is the atmosphere that we always want in our class, because I was also a school teacher and I know what it means.

“We like the funny person that doesn’t disturb and makes everyone happier. We don’t like the naughty ones who disturb everyone as they learn.”

‘Lingard impressed me’ – Louis van Gaal

“Lingard impressed me when I first came here,” said Van Gaal in November 2015 when Lingard scored his first goal for the club against West Brom. “He was in my first Premier League team but then got a heavy injury.

“Other clubs wanted him on loan this season but I said I wouldn’t do that, I wanted to keep him. He has waited for his moment.”

Van Gaal also spoke about Lingard’s best position in March 2016.

“Jesse’s best position is as a midfielder and that is why I put him there but sometimes also I need a right winger who is fast.” Van Gaal said. “It’s also dependable on the opponent and the game plan, but I think Jesse is more of a midfielder than a right winger.”

‘The future of the club’ – David Moyes

“I am quite actively looking at our own boys,” Moyes said in December 2013 of his plans to recall loan players ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.

“The likes of Jesse Lingard, Nick Powell and Ryan Tunnicliffe. They are the future. They are part of the club. They have been in the system. We hope they might be able to come back and help if we need it in January.”

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‘He’s going to be some player’ – Sir Alex Ferguson

“Jesse Lingard is going to be some player,” Ferguson told Manchester Evening News in 2012.

“He is 19, came through our youth system and is built like Jean Tigana was for France. But he never got into the limelight there until he was about 24, and I think that will be the same with Lingard.

“He will become a player when he’s 22 or so. As an attacking midfielder he has got a really good talent. I think he will be a player we have high hopes for, definitely.”

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