Odion Ighalo tips Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard to remain at West Ham

Lingard is enjoying his football at West Ham
Lingard is enjoying his football at West Ham (Picture: Getty Images)

Odion Ighalo admits he doesn’t see Jesse Lingard returning to Manchester United this summer and believes he will extend his stay at West Ham, either on another loan move or a permanent transfer.

After struggling for game time at United, the 28-year-old made the switch to the London Stadium in January for the rest of the season and has been vital in their push for the top four.

Lingard’s eight goals and three assists in just nine Premier League games have helped fire the Hammers up to fourth place in the table with just seven matches left to play.

Ighalo thinks Lingard will leave Old Trafford
Ighalo thinks Lingard will leave Old Trafford (Picture: Getty Images)

Recent reports have indicated that European giants Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Inter Milan are monitoring his situation at Old Trafford following his sensational run of form for David Moyes’ side.

Arsenal are another team that have been credited with an interest in Lingard, while West Ham are said to be willing to do whatever it takes to sign him on a permanent deal.

But Ighalo, who left United in January to return to parent club Shanghai Shenhua after a 12-month loan spell at Old Trafford, thinks Lingard will remain at West Ham.

When asked if he has been surprised by Lingard’s form at West Ham, Ighalo told Sky Sports: ‘Not at all because he works so hard in training and when he was given the opportunity to play for Manchester United, he did so well.

‘But when you play for a team like Manchester United, there’s a pressure to win every game. Manchester United is all about winning, winning, winning, and sometimes that pressure kicks in.

West Ham is not as big as Manchester United and he’s there on loan so he’s more free to express himself. There’s not as much pressure or weight on him to do well and he is doing what we know he can do and we are seeing the best of him.’

‘Of course [he still has a future at Old Trafford], but I don’t think he’d want to return to Manchester United to sit on the bench because he is playing regularly at West Ham United – week in, week out,’ Ighalo added when pressed on the midfielder’s future.

‘But if he comes back with the confidence he has now, then it can only be a good thing for Manchester United.

‘Personally, I don’t see him coming back – I can see his loan being extended or West Ham buying him.’

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