David Moyes explains West Ham’s failure to sign Jesse Lingard

Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard of West Ham, during a lap of appreciation-23.05.2021
Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard of West Ham, during a lap of appreciation-23.05.2021 - IMAGO / PA Images

The Manchester United star was impressive for the Hammers on loan last season.

Manchester United star Jesse Lingard shone in his short loan spell at West Ham last season.

After depriving of game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the attacking midfielder sealed a loan move to Hammers in January.

Lingard turned out to be a standout player for David Moyes’ side, racking up 9 goals and 5 assists in 16 appearances. Furthermore, the rejuvenated English star helped them qualify for Europa League.

It was widely reported that the 28-year-old could move to London Stadium permanently in the summer transfer window. However, that was not the case in the end.

Moyes has now revealed the reason behind Lingard’s transfer failure, stating that Solskjaer had informed him about the importance of the attacking midfielder to the Red Devils.

Moyes said: “Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] made it clear to me quite early in the transfer window that he wanted to keep him [Lingard].

“So I knew pretty early in the transfer window that he was staying at Manchester United. I had a private conversation with Ole, who made it clear that he was staying.”

Nonetheless, Lingard appears to be still down the pecking order of the Norwegian manager, who splurged out for the signings of Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo in the transfer window.

Lingard was on target in the 5-1 routing of Newcastle United, the same game where Ronaldo made his first appearance for the Red Devils and scored a brace.

United suffered a disappointing defeat against Young Boys in their Champions League opener. Lingard made a terrible mistake as he allowed the Swiss minnows to score the winner in stoppage time.

West Ham will host the Red Devils in an exciting Premier League clash on Sunday.