Jesse Lingard has hinted that he needs certain requirements to be met in order to keep up his goalscoring form at Manchester United. The midfielder was one of the Premier League’s form players in the second half of the season but is set to return to the club this summer.
Lingard left Manchester United on a six-month loan to West Ham early this year and has flourished since the move to London, scoring nine goals and assisting a further four in his brief spell under David Moyes.
Lingard was immediately drafted into the team by the former Man Utd manager, despite having not played a single minute in the league for United.
The 28-year-old believes that game time has been key for him to rediscover the goalscoring touch, and has hinted that’s what he needs to keep it up when he returns to Manchester United.
“Regular football is the most important thing for me. After going on loan and getting a good run in the team, you started to see the real me, with the goals and the assists,” Lingard told Sky Sports.
“I’ve never doubted my ability, I’ve always believed in myself. I spoke to the manager (Solskjaer) in pre-season and said, ‘I need game time’.”
Lingard was named in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad for this summer’s European Championships but was left out at the 11th hour.