Jesse Lingard is “not ambitious as a player” after the Manchester United star reportedly failed to force through a permanent move to West Ham this summer, according to Trevor Sinclair.
Lingard sparkled on loan with the Hammers last season, scoring nine goals in 16 games to help David Moyes’ side secure European football.
Moyes was keen on signing the forward in a permament deal but the club were reluctant to stump up the £40million price tag set by United.
It is also understood that Lingard told United he was willing to stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford rather than asking to leave.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the England international was part of his plans this season, but he has featured for just four minutes so far.
“If he doesn’t get given them assurances and sign a new deal, then that says he’s not ambitious as a player,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.
“I’m slightly confused that he didn’t want to sign for West Ham permanently.
“He was loved there and was the main man. He played one time for Manchester United in 2021, but played 16 times for West Ham and got into double figures for goals and back in the England squad.
“Why would you not want to be in that environment?”
Roy Keane was surprised that Lingard stayed at United this summer and insists the winger “needs to play regularly”.
When asked if Lingard was in “no man’s land” at Man Utd, Keane told ITV: “That’s the exactly the words I would use. It’s been difficult, you thought he’d get a move.
“But he’s got to get his head down at Man United. Gareth [Southgate] obviously likes him, he’s had him in the squad a couple of times.
“It’s another opportunity for Jesse to get 90 minutes under his belt and maybe score a goal because he’s a good player, he just needs to play regularly.”
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