Manchester United star Jesse Lingard spent half of last season as a loanee at West Ham, playing the Hammers’ last 16 Premier League games.
Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to loan Lingard to West Ham in January after he deemed the England international surplus to requirements.
The 28-year-old would quickly hit the ground running at West Ham and go on to win the Premier League Player of the Month for April.
Lingard would score 9 goals and provide 4 assists in 16 league games under David Moyes at the London Stadium and there are talks that West Ham want to sign him permanently.
The Hammers have shown interest in making the attacking midfielder’s stay permanent but are yet to meet Manchester United‘s £30million asking price.
Recent reports claim that Jesse Lingard wants to remain at Old Trafford and fight for his place and has already impressed Solskjaer in United’s ongoing pre-season, scoring against QPR.
Speaking to MUTV, Lingard explains how playing consistently at West Ham gave him a fresh start and improved his confidence.
What Jesse Lingard said: “Yeah, it [West Ham loan] was a great time. It was like hitting the refresh button. I was always ready to hit the ground running and I was always fit and ready to play.
“I played every game since I got there and when you play a run of games like that you get a bit of confidence. Of course, the goals came and assists as well. West Ham were brilliant with me: the team, the staff, the club. They helped me get to where I am but it took a lot of hard work from my side as well.
Jesse Lingard reveals how he became regular starter as loanee at West Ham United (Photo: Evening Standard) “We had a lot of in-house staff we needed to work on with the analysis stuff and, of course, the whiteboards. Those were some individual goals of mine that I liked to set before I went there.
“At the time, it [one goal] was obviously to make the March internationals [with England]. Goals, assists, take-ons, shots. To be productive in each game and to keep that consistency.
“The consistency is definitely a main thing. When you’re playing regular football, you’ve got to keep that consistency and keep scoring, or try and affect the game in a different way if you don’t score or assist.”
What are the ways to affect games without scoring or assisting? There are definitely a few ways to maintain your starting role if you are an attacking player and you don’t score or assist.
Winning a penalty would really help the team. Making fine blocks when your team is under pressure, is a decent way to show you care about your club. Intercepting dangerous passes. If you win fouls in dangerous positions, corners kicks and goal kicks play a huge role too. How about winning tackles in the final third? Passing the ball to players would are in fine positions to give key passes? Lingard did most of these at West Ham.
He is an immense fan of the club since 2005. Miracle wonders where Man United would have ranked in the Premier League history if Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t given enough time to rebuild the team.