Jesse Lingard has been advised to look away from Manchester United and focus on a permanent move to West Ham in the summer.
Rio Ferdinand believes Jesse Lingard needs to turn the page on his Manchester United career and look to secure a permanent move to West Ham.
The United academy graduate joined the Hammers on loan in January. So far, he has made a bright start to life under David Moyes in east London.
Lingard spoke recently about not getting enough minutes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford but Ferdinand feels he has no chance of forcing his way back into the United side.
“What’s his ambition here, beyond this season,” Ferdinand said as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“What is he looking to do?
“If West Ham don’t put a bid in to buy him at the end of this loan I think this loan has to be seen as a failure.
“That’s got to be his aim – to get a bid from West Ham and other clubs to take him out of Man Utd.
“Because I don’t see him going back to Man Utd and really affecting that squad now.
“I think they’ve moved past him with the players they’ve recruited, he doesn’t feature, hasn’t done for so long.”
Upon his departure, Solskjaer said he wanted Lingard to secure regular playing time at West Ham and return to Old Trafford with confidence restored and duly fight for a place in his side.
The door remains open for the midfielder but would it make sense forhim to return to Old Trafford?