Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his thoughts on Jesse Lingard’s loan move to West Ham and believes the deal has ‘worked out’ for both club and player.
Lingard has enjoyed a strong run of performances since a winter window move to the London Stadium, having found himself on the periphery with the Red Devils over the past 18 months, failing to make a single league appearance over the first half of the season.
The 28-year-old has scored four goals and provided an assist in just six league appearances for West Ham, the midfielder making an immediate impact in the Hammers’ pursuit of a top-four finish and Champions League football.
United meet West Ham in the Premier League this weekend and ahead of the clash Solskjaer has spoken on his delight to see Lingard thriving amid regular first-team football in the capital.
“It’s really worked out for Jesse and it’s worked out for us as a club as well,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.
“We know Jesse’s position is as a number ten and we’ve got Bruno there so for me it was a no-brainer to get Jesse a chance to prove himself and play some football again.
“He has been really bright for them and he is finally back to himself.”
Lingard will be unable to feature this weekend as part of his loan agreement, as West Ham seek to maintain their push for European qualification with three points at Old Trafford.
David Moyes’ side currently sit fifth and are two points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand on their London rivals.