Jesse Lingard is happy to be getting regular football at West Ham after he felt that he ‘didn’t get his chance’ at Manchester United, despite being ‘one of the strongest and fittest’ players at Old Trafford during Project Restart.
The 28-year-old fell down the pecking order at Old Trafford over the past year and was loaned out to the Hammers for the remainder of the season last month.
Lingard made 22 appearances for United in the Premier League last season, but only two of those came after the summer’s Project Restart and both were off the bench.
He also failed to make a league appearance this season until his move, and he was disappointed not to get his chance by Solskjaer after being ‘one of the strongest and fittest in the squad’ when football returned from its suspension last summer.
Ahead of West Ham’s match with Sheffield United on Monday evening, he told BT Sport: ‘At this age, it’s all about regular football and showing people what you can do.
‘First and foremost I’m here to play, win and help the team, so hopefully I can do that and we’ll see where we’re at come the end of the season. But it’s about playing with a smile on my face and enjoying my football and getting back to the old Jesse.
‘Football is a lot of ups and downs, people go through different stages and it’s not just a straight road to the top. There are a lot of setbacks which most people don’t see and a lot of things that go on behind closed doors.