Trevor Sinclair admits he doesn’t understand why Jesse Lingard turned down a permanent move to West Ham in favour of a return to the Manchester United bench, speaking to talkSPORT (8 September, 12.50pm).
If the England international felt an outstanding five-month spell at the London Stadium was going to save his ailing Old Trafford career, the opening weeks of the 2021/22 season must have felt like a reality check.
In three games, Lingard has played a grand total of four minutes.
And with the BBC reporting the Carrington Kid has turned down a chance to extend his contract at Man United, it seems Lingard has accepted the fact cutting ties with his boyhood club is the best route out of a frustrating situation.
It remains to be seen, with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba ahead of him in the pecking order, whether the 28-year-old would perform a U-turn if West Ham came calling again in January.
Could Jesse Lingard swap United for West Ham in January?
“I’m slightly confused,” says Hammers hero Sinclair when asked about the £30 million-rated forward, who offered a timely reminder of his qualities with two goals in England’s 4-0 thrashing of Andorra at the weekend.
“He was loved there! He was the main man.
“He played one time for Man United in 2021. For West Ham, he’s played 16 times. He got himself back in the England squad so why would you not want to be in that environment?
“He was loved by the fans, loved by the coaching staff (at West Ham).”
Lingard scored a staggering nine goals in those 16 games under David Moyes.
In fact, if he didn’t have ‘Lingard’ on his back, you’d think every European super club worth their salt would have come calling in the summer transfer window. There was arguably no better player in the Premier League between January and May.
Unfortunately, arguably one of England’s most naturally gifted footballers still doesn’t get the credit he deserves.