Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Jesse Lingard will be ‘welcomed back’ to Manchester United amid West Ham and Arsenal links

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed by Manchester United star Jesse Lingard's loan move
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed by Manchester United star Jesse Lingard’s loan move (Pictures: Getty/MUTV)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Jesse Lingard will be ‘welcomed back’ to Manchester United as the forward continues to be linked with a permanent move away from Old Trafford.

Lingard has flourished at West Ham since joining the London club on loan in January, scoring eight goals and making three assists in nine appearances.

Due to the 28-year-old’s brilliant form, West Ham will attempt to sign Lingard on a permanent transfer at the end of the season, while Premier League rivals Arsenal are said to be keeping tabs on his situation.

But Solskjaer has claimed Lingard will be ‘welcomed back’ to Old Trafford after his loan move ends and says the Manchester United star could yet force his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s Euros.

‘Jesse has been brilliant since he left,’ Solskjaer said on Wednesday afternoon. ‘Selfishly we could have kept him because he’s always got a part to play.

‘He’s a fantastic lad and Manchester United through and though. Not once did he moan or cause me a problem earlier in the season.

‘He came in and worked hard, he deserved to play more, that’s why we let him go to West Ham. We welcome him back and I hope he goes to the Euros, I don’t think that’s beyond him.

Lingard has been at Old Trafford his entire career but could leave this summer
Lingard has been at Old Trafford his entire career but could leave this summer (Picture: Getty)

‘I hope he’s got a strong finish in the league in him. It was different here because of the form of Bruno [Fernandes], who was playing in arguably Jesse’s favourite position.

‘But I’m delighted for him and we just wish him the best for the rest of the season until he comes back.’

Solskjaer may be bluffing in an attempt to drive up Lingard’s price, with Manchester United hoping to raise transfer funds to sign a new centre-back and striker.

Former England star Peter Crouch has advised Lingard to leave the Theatre of Dreams and says he could be sold for around £20m.

‘Maybe the plan was for him to go out and show himself to potential suitors,’ Crouch told the Daily Mail. ‘If that is the case, I think United will try to command £20m-plus.

West Ham boss David Moyes will try to sign Lingard on a permanent transfer
West Ham boss David Moyes will try to sign Lingard on a permanent transfer (Picture: Getty)

‘Even in this day and age, that would represent amazing value. Personally, I believe Jesse would be better off leaving. He is playing with the shackles off at a club where he is wanted.

‘Why would he jeopardise that by taking the chance of returning to United and finding out a few months down the line that he is a bit-part player?

‘Suddenly the old mentality would creep in, the doubts, and all the good work would go out. This fresh start has been fantastic for Lingard.

‘It has also done him good getting away from the scrutiny in Manchester. I hope West Ham get that deal over the line.’

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