This summer, many were expecting Jesse Lingard to make his temporary exit from the club permanent after a stellar loan spell at West Ham last season. Instead, he ended up staying after an impressive pre-season.
The 28-year-old scored nine goals and assisted a further four in just 16 appearances for the Hammers, but the London club were rejected by Lingard, according to reports.
According to 90min, West Ham decided not to make a late push to sign Lingard this summer after the player made it clear he did not want to make a return to David Moyes’ side. Lingard is said to have communicated his decision directly to West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan.
Lingard’s start to the season was disrupted by testing positive for COVID-19 just days before the Premier League curtain-raiser against Leeds last month but following a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England setup, he will now be hoping to kickstart his Manchester United career again.