Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand has told Jesse Lingard that he should complete a permanent transfer away from Old Trafford in the summer window.
Lingard sealed a loan move to West Ham during the winter transfer window and has since impressed for the Hammers, who are currently fifth in the Premier League.
But it was a different story for the 28-year-old at the Reds in recent years, with the winger claiming that United didn’t give him a chance before his loan to West Ham.
Ferdinand has been talking about Lingard’s future and has urged him to seek a permanent move at the end of the season.
“What’s his ambition here, beyond this season, what is he (Lingard) looking to do?” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “If West Ham don’t put a bid in to buy him at the end of this loan I think this loan has to be seen as a failure.
“That’s got to be his aim, to get a bid from West Ham and other clubs to take him out of Man United. Because I don’t see him going back to Man United and really affecting that squad now. I think they’ve moved past him with the players they’ve recruited, he doesn’t feature, hasn’t done for so long.”
On Lingard’s loan exit, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained that it had ‘just not worked for him’. But the Reds’ academy graduate firmly believes he wasn’t given enough opportunities under the Norwegian.
“During the lockdown I recapped my best moments playing football – the season under Jose (Mourinho) where I scored all of those goals and went to the World Cup and the season when Ole came in and I started well,” Lingard explained.
“So I started recapping a lot of games to see where I did well, getting that fire in my belly and drive again to go and kick on because it would have been easy for me to fall off and take the easy option out. But a person like me who’s been through a lot and knows the game, I can’t just give it up and I’ll always go out with a fight.
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“I came back one of the strongest and fittest after the lockdown and I didn’t get my chance that I was waiting on, but the whole time I was there and not playing I was doing extra training and keeping on top of my fitness for when the time was right. So for me it’s about working hard and staying dedicated and I went back to basics.”