Former Manchester United midfielder Keith Gillespie does not expect Jesse Lingard to return to Old Trafford after his loan spell at West Ham United.
The 28-year-old attacking midfielder joined the Hammers on deadline day having failed to feature in the Premier League for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season.
“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.”
Does Jesse Lingard have a future at Manchester United?
But, with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood standing in his way, a return to Manchester with a view to playing regular football seems unlikely.
With 210 United appearances to his name, the 27-cap England man would leave having been a superb servant to the club, and this summer looks like the ideal time to part ways whilst Lingard’s stock is high.