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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Admits Manchester United Want Jesse Lingard Back Next Season

Jesse Lingard has excelled at West Ham since joining on loan from Man United
Jesse Lingard has excelled at West Ham since joining on loan from Man United / Pool/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that Jesse Lingard could still have a future at Manchester United following his successful loan spell at West Ham until the end of the campaign.

The 28-year-old has scored eight goals and provided three assists in just nine Premier League games for the Hammers, who sit in fourth spot on the league table as they seek Champions League qualification.

His incredible form saw him recalled to the England squad and David Moyes has been hoping to sign the midfielder permanently. However, Solskjaer said he wanted the midfielder to be part of his plans next term.

"Jesse has been brilliant since he left," he said ahead of the Red Devils' Europa League quarter-final second leg against Granada. We could have kept him because he had a part to play. Never once caused me a problem and he deserved a chance to play more football. Of course we want him back.

"We will welcome him back. I hope he'll go to the Euros with his performances now and the confidence he has got, I don't think that's beyond him, and I hope he has a strong finish to the league. Then, it was different here because Bruno [Fernandes] the form he has shown and he played arguably in Jesse's favoured position and that was just a decision we made. I'm delighted for Jesse and wish him all the best for the rest of the season until he comes back."

However, according to Goal, Lingard is reportedly considering his future, with a number of clubs interested in snapping him up this summer. United are also hoping to use Lingard as a part of a swap deal with the Hammers for Declan Rice, who has been one of their standout performers this season, playing in all but two of their Premier League matches.