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Manchester United man Jesse Lingard has given his clearest indication yet that he wants to stay and fight for his place under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The midfielder, 28, found himself ostracised from the picture at the Theatre of Dreams last season, playing just three games in all competitions in the first half of the season.
With an exile from the England set-up to boot, Lingard moved to West Ham in a bid to reinvigorate his career.
And it was at the London Stadium where the Warrington-born maestro found his feet, scoring nine goals in just 16 games as he helped David Moyes’ men qualify for European Football.
His form at the Hammers’ eventually helped him into the provisional squad for Euro 2020.
Although Lingard fell short at the last hurdle as he wasn’t selected as part of the 26-man squad.
Despite this, he feels he has done enough to force his way back into Solskjaer’s plans for the team he joined aged just eight.
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Speaking to MUTV, Lingard reflected on his time in London and knows he must keep that consistency in order to play for the Red Devils again.
The attacking midfielder said: “Yeah, it 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.
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“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.
“At the time, my 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.”
With United having signed Jadon Sancho, attacking options are now flooded at the club and Lingard will have to work as hard as ever for a place in the starting XI.
But with Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek’s Manchester United careers filled with uncertainty, Lingard has a better chance than ever to make himself a permanent fixture in the team.
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