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Rio Ferdinand tells resurgent Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard to leave the club despite return to form

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Rio Ferdinand tells resurgent Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard to leave the club despite return to form
The retired defender says his old teammate needs to leave for good (Pictures: Getty / FIVE / YouTube)

Rio Ferdinand has urged in-form Jesse Lingard to leave Manchester United even if offered a second chance at Old Trafford and believes he is too good to be playing second fiddle to other players.

The 28-year-old has delivered a string of excellent displays since joining West Ham on loan in January, scoring three times and laying on one assist in his first four outings and is yet to taste defeat in claret and blue.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously left the door open for Lingard to return to the club with his confidence restored, but Ferdinand hopes he calls time on his career with the Red Devils and becomes the main man elsewhere.

West Ham midfielder Jesse Lingard
Lingard continued his fine form with the winning goal in West Ham’s victory over Spurs (Getty)

‘I spoke before about this and said I thought Jesse should close a chapter on Man United because he hasn’t been a part of the squad, he hasn’t been a part of the team for ages,’ said Ferdinand on his FIVE YouTube channel.

‘You see the smile on his face now, the way he’s playing football, the confidence he seems to have. There’s a glint in his eye again that I haven’t seen for two years.

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‘How can he want to go back to being a bit-part player after tasting this? He’s fitted in straight away and I can’t see him wanting to go back to Man United where he’s going to have to play second fiddle to people.

‘Because he will, he’ll have to play second fiddle to Bruno Fernandes in that position [in the hole], he’ll have to play second fiddle to anyone playing up front or wide.

‘I’m not saying that he’s not good enough, I’m saying that’s what I’ve been shown from the selections of the team and the squads that have been picked. So going off that I would move, I would go on.

‘I said before, a successful end of the season would be multiple clubs bidding for Jesse Lingard. Where we stand right now, I think multiple clubs will bid for Jesse Lingard and he is going to have a choice of many clubs to go to other than just West Ham.

‘Even a few of my pundit mates off camera have said “Oh he’s not Man United [quality]”, I’ve always maintained that Jesse Lingard is a Man United player, a top-level footballer, a proper player.

Rio Ferdinand Jesse Lingard Manchester United Training Session
Ferdinand is a big fan of former United teammate Lingard (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Proper footballer, plays off one touch, plays off two touch, always on the move, always gets into good positions and can score goals. And big goals at times he’s proved that.

‘But the team has got to play the way that suits him and he needs that confidence as well.

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‘I spoke to Mark Noble the other day, the West Ham captain, and he said: “I can’t believe Rio how good and impressed I am by this kid, the way he plays. I knew he was a good player, don’t get me wrong, but he’s surprised me by how good he is actually”.’

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