Jesse Lingard: West Ham coach Stuart Pearce says midfielder is ‘too good’ to be bit-part player at Man United

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West Ham coach Stuart Pearce says Jesse Lingard is "too good" to be kept on the fringes at Manchester United after the midfielder rejected a new deal at Old Trafford.

The Hammers had been keen to bring Lingard back to east London following his stellar loan spell last season but they would not meet United’s asking price, while the 28-year-old was focused on impressing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

West Ham have since signed 23-year-old Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow and the attacking midfielder has taken the No11 shirt worn by Lingard last season.

David Moyes will consider the possibility of making another move for Lingard in January should the England international struggle for game time at United.

Lingard’s £100,000-a-week contract expires at the end of this season, meaning he can talk to clubs abroad in January and leave for nothing next summer.

Concerns over his playing time were a key factor in talks breaking down over a new deal, with Lingard anxious to remain in the England squad ahead of the World Cup.

Lingard scored two and laid on an assist for England on Sunday but is yet to start a game for Manchester United this season and has played just four minutes from the bench in the Premier League.

The return of Cristiano Ronaldo has further limited his chances to play under Solskjaer and his first start could come against West Ham in the Carabao Cup on September 22.

Pearce says the 28-year-old holds all the cards when it comes to his future.

"He has missed the opportunity to leave United in this transfer window," Pearce told TalkSPORT. "He can reassess his situation come January once again and decide whether there is an opportunity to move clubs or whatever. He holds the cards. The most important thing for him at the moment is his football.

"He is playing the odd game for United and playing extremely well for England. Those performances for England might just help get him in the United side.

"He is too good a player to be sat on the outside of it not playing to be honest. He is at an age where he needs to be playing now."

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