Former Manchester United man Keith Gillespie does not expect Jesse Lingard to return to the club after his loan spell at West Ham United, telling the Transfer Tavern that his chance has been and gone.
Lingard moved to the Hammers in the January transfer window in search of regular first-team football, having failed to play a single minute of Premier League football in 2020/21 under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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Since his move to the Hammers, the attacking midfielder has made seven appearances and has scored five goals, laying on three assists, and earning a recall to the England squad.
That has led to speculation over his future, with one report claiming that he could slot back into United’s squad ahead of next season and maybe earn a new contract in the process.
Gillespie, though, believes Lingard has had his chance to shine at United, and thinks he would be better off moving clubs this summer.
Indeed, the 28-year-old was a key man in both 2017/18, when he made 33 appearances in the league and scored eight goals, and 2018/19, when he scored four times in 27 outings.
Last season, though, he scored just once in 22 outings and was phased out by Solskjaer thereafter.
Gillespie, who came through the ranks at Old Trafford much like Lingard, told TT: “I don’t think he’ll end up back at Man United.
“He’s probably had his chance.
“There was a period under a previous manager where he flourished and then it just hasn’t really happened for him under Solskjaer.
“Sometimes you just have to think things will work out better for him elsewhere. That’s just the way football is.”
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