Jesse Lingard reposts West Ham celebration video as the Man United star looks to leave Old Trafford

Is this a come and get me plea? Jesse Lingard reposts video of him scoring and celebrating for West Ham with the Manchester United star looking to leave Old Trafford in January after lack of game time

  • Jesse Lingard wants to quit Manchester United, Sportsmail revealed this week
  • The 28-year-old enjoyed a good loan spell at David Moyes’ West Ham last season
  • Lingard was promised game time at United this season but has barely played
  • The midfielder reposted an Instagram clip of him in West Ham colours on Friday











Jesse Lingard has reposted a video of him celebrating for West Ham amid his desire to leave Manchester United

Jesse Lingard may have hinted at a possible desire to move back to West Ham next year by reposting a video of him scoring a goal for the Hammers on his Instagram story.

Sportsmail revealed this week that Lingard wants to leave Old Trafford in January on loan before quitting United permanently on a free transfer, with the 28-year-old frustrated with his lack of game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.

Lingard abandoned contract renewal talks with the Red Devils board in October and his time on the bench under Solskjaer has done nothing to convince him to reopen negotiations. 

And the England international put a cryptic post on his Instagram on Friday afternoon by resharing a video of him scoring against Wolves last season while on loan at West Ham, ahead of the east Londoners’ trip to Molineux this weekend. 

Sportsmail revealed Lingard wants to quit United and is seeking a loan move first in January

Sportsmail revealed Lingard wants to quit United and is seeking a loan move first in January

Lingard commented on West Ham’s original video of him scoring over the weekend with the wind emoji – to recognise his pace in scoring the goal – with Hammers star Declan Rice responding with the ‘eyes emoji’, hinting that his repost is a come and get me plea. 

As Sportsmail revealed on Thursday, Lingard would prefer to go out on loan again in January – having enjoyed a successful spell at West Ham in the second half of last season – and then end a 22-year association with United when his contract runs out at the end of June. 

He will be able to leave as a free agent in the summer and can open talks with foreign clubs from January 1 having already attracted strong interest from Barcelona and AC Milan. 

A representative from Lingard’s camp is thought to have travelled to Spain for talks with clubs last week.

United rebuffed enquiries from six teams last summer and Lingard stayed at Old Trafford after he was given assurances over more playing time by manager Solskjaer.

Lingard (middle) has months left on his contract and has rejected talks over signing a new one

Lingard (middle) has months left on his contract and has rejected talks over signing a new one

However, he has made just one start – in the Carabao Cup against West Ham in September – and spent more time on the pitch for England than he has for United.

Lingard’s opportunities have been limited by the summer signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, and he is said to be particularly upset that Daniel James was picked ahead of him at the start of the season even though the Wales winger was about to join Leeds United for £30million.

Lingard has scored twice in his five Premier League appearances as a substitute this term, continuing the impressive form that brought nine goals and six assists in 16 league games for West Ham.

But the midfielder has watched on from the bench this season at Old Trafford, with his former club West Ham sitting above United in the table, with David Moyes’ third-placed squad six points ahead of the Red Devils after 11 games. 

Lingard has been offered little playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - despite his promises

Lingard has been offered little playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – despite his promises

On Friday, before Lingard’s cryptic Instagram post went up, Solskjaer revealed his desire to keep the midfielder at Old Trafford and branded him as ‘an important part of the squad.’

‘Jesse is training really hard, really well, and he’s ready and available for me,’ Solskjaer said. ‘He’s disappointed he’s not played more… Jesse is still an important part of this squad, he gives energy to the group every day.’

But the lack of game time for United this season – 154 minutes in total compared to 169 minutes for England – cost him a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.

Lingard is desperate to play at Qatar 2022 after missing out on the Euros, and has come to the conclusion that leaving United in search of regular first-team football is the only option.

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