CHRIS SUTTON: Jesse Lingard MUST put his love for Manchester United aside and switch to West Ham

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CHRIS SUTTON: Jesse Lingard MUST put his love for Manchester United aside and make West Ham switch PERMANENTLY … or risk rotting away at Old Trafford

  • Jesse Lingard once again played for West Ham in a stunning 3-2 win over Leicester
  • He took a double as the Hammers beefed up their shock-resistant top four-tilt
  • The midfielder was well below the pecking order at Man United before his loan
  • Lingard is now impossible to ignore for Gareth Southgate and his England squad
  • The star has to leave his youth club and continue to flourish in London

Sign permanently for West Ham and play under a manager who gave you the platform to make the England squad for Euro 2020? Or return to Manchester United and, in all likelihood, play a supporting role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?

I know which ones to push and which Jesse Lingard should push. Stay in West Ham. That’s the way to go.

Look, Lingard loves Manchester United. It is the club where he grew up and got his start in professional football. But no player should want to risk rotting away if he could be guaranteed playing time elsewhere.

Jesse Lingard took a brace when West Ham stunned Leicester on Sunday with a 3-2 win

Jesse Lingard took a brace when West Ham stunned Leicester on Sunday with a 3-2 win

The midfielder is thriving with the Hammers and can't stop scoring since finishing his loan

The midfielder is thriving with the Hammers and can't stop scoring since finishing his loan

The midfielder is thriving with the Hammers and can’t stop scoring since finishing his loan

Lingard’s first Premier League minutes of the season came on February 3. And yet, with eight goals, he beat Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, Everton’s Richarlison, Chelsea’s Timo Werner, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe, to name a few. .

He has more goals than United’s Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial put together. His mother club made sure that no buy option was included in the loan.

But Lingard can insist to leave if he wants to. And he should. At United, he would run the risk of backing those ‘bigger’ names.

Lingard better stay with David Moyes and increase his chances of English selection

Lingard better stay with David Moyes and increase his chances of English selection

Lingard better stay with David Moyes and increase his chances of English selection

Gareth Southgate cannot ignore Lingard's incredible progress in making his Euro 2021 choices

Gareth Southgate cannot ignore Lingard's incredible progress in making his Euro 2021 choices

Gareth Southgate cannot ignore Lingard’s incredible progress in making his Euro 2021 choices

He was able to continue his progress at West Ham. For Gareth Southgate at the London Stadium, Lingard makes it impossible for him to leave the England team this summer.

If I’m honest, I never expected that from him. But if he can continue at this pace and help West Ham to the European places, then Lingard should just be called up by Southgate.

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