West Ham boost over permanent Jesse Lingard deal as Gary Neville gives Man United reality check

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West Ham loanee Jesse Lingard will need to leave Manchester United to play regularly, says Gary Neville.

Lingard has revitalised his career in east London following his arrival in January, scoring six goals and assisting four more in eight league games.

Standard Sport understands West Ham are exploring the possibility of keeping Lingard beyond the end of his loan spell, though face competition from one of the traditional Big Six and a top team in Europe, and Neville feels an Old Trafford exit is likely.

The former right-back sympathises with Lingard's plight up north but insists he is not guaranteed playing time if he stays at Manchester United.

"At Manchester United, because there is that expectation of what you need to be, to be a wide player there, he's always going to get a difficult press," he said on Sky Sports.

"But if he was playing in a world-class team, if he was, say, Ji-Sung Park 10 years ago playing with Ronaldo and Rooney, doing that supplementary role, then people would be saying he's perfect for this squad.

"The problem is he was not playing in Manchester United teams as good as that, so he gets a bit of stick.

"He's a really good player. He's going to have a great career. Manchester United have sent him out to West Ham to boost his career, maybe with the thought of boosting his price tag, but they might be thinking, 'actually, we might want him back, he could be a real help to us'.

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He added: "If Jesse wants to play, which he does want to play, you can see, then he’s going to need to leave.

“Because he’s not going to play every single week I suspect in a Manchester United team that’s trying to get to second or first in the league.

“But if he’s willing to go back there and compete and be a player like that, he could. Daniel James has come in for the last few weeks and he’s out of the team again. Does he want to be that type of player who’s a bit in and out?

“There’s no doubt he can play for Manchester United but he’d have to be in that role.”

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