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OPINION: AFTER ARSENAL MASTERCLASS, JESSE LINGARD’S UPTURN GIVES CAREER NEW LEASE OF LIFE

West Ham’s on-loan Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is set to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, reports BBC Radio Solent.

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Jesse Lingard was linked with a move away from Manchester United. Lingard’s resurgence at West Ham shows there is hope for players who appear to have lost their way. Alex Ferguson remarked as United manager that he expected Lingard to be something of a late developer.

Lingard scored 13 times in the 2017/18 season. His importance faded when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped in. The arrival of Dan James, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes meant that there simply was no place for Lingard at United.

The decline in reputation and form was, Lingard said, linked to some troubles at home. Losing his place at United also cost him his place in the England squad, putting his involvement in Euro 2020 in peril. His loan to West Ham has proved to be a huge change for the better.

Lingard scored and provided an assist against Arsenal on Sunday. The 28-year-old has only one year left on his contract at Old Trafford. West Ham would benefit from keeping him at the club for the right price. Inter Milan might see value in giving Antonio Conte yet another Premier League player. Most importantly for Lingard, Southgate might even want to take him to the European Championship this summer, and the World Cup next year.

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