Jesse Lingard's time at West Ham United has catapulted the club into genuine hope of Champions League football with the Manchester United loanee gradually becoming one of the signings of the season. Lingard has now scored eight league goals and bagged four assists for the Hammers, which quite remarkably, makes this his best-ever goalscoring season after just nine games of action.
This shows just how much the Englishman had struggled at United down the years, with his best time at Old Trafford being in the 2017/18 season where he also netted eight league goals, but across 33 games and not nine. In reality, it does look as if Lingard may well have just found his level, which many disputed was that of just outside the top four anyway.
No doubt David Moyes is going to pull out all his experience to persuade both United and Lingard to make this deal a permanent one, with the club now on course for Champions League football with him in east London. The 28-year-old is priced at 1/2 to stay at West Ham for next season, but 7/5 to return to United.
Ironically, Lingard's form might not be the difference in him returning to Manchester. The future of Paul Pogba, the unrivalled form of Bruno Fernandes and the growth of their youngsters will all be more important than a purple patch from a 28-year-old at a club of a smaller stature than United.
Solskjaer could look at this age and the potential wealth they could bring in with his sale, which could force the transfers of marquee signings like Jadon Sancho in the summer.