Lingard slams Man Utd and Solskjaer over freezing him out after West Ham heroics

Jesse Lingard has slammed Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for freezing him out after his successful loan spell at West Ham.

Lingard joined the Hammers on loan from United in January 2021 and scored nine goals, whilst providing five assists in 16 games. Lingard subsequently returned to United when his loan deal expired at the end of the 2020/21 season expecting to be a sure starter in Solskjaer's starting XI.

But despite his proficiency for West Ham, Lingard found himself stuck on the bench and only made four starts in the 2021/22 campaign under Solskjaer and his successor Ralf Ragnick, resulting in the attacker's transfer to Nottingham Forest in the summer. And as he gears up for a return to the Theatre of Dreams on Tuesday night in Forest's colours, Lingard took a swipe at his former employers for giving him false promises.

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Up until this day, the 30-year-old's still perplexed by his departure from United and fumed to The Telegraph: "I don't know why I wasn't playing.

"I don't know what the problem was, whether it was politics or whatever. I still haven't got an answer to this day. I didn't even ask.

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"I'd rather that someone, out of respect for me being there that long, told me 'this is why you're not playing', but I never got that.

"It was false promises. I was training hard and I was sharp, I was ready to play those games. When you're working hard in training and don't play at the end of it, it's very frustrating."

As his relationship with United's hierarchy broke down, Lingard knew his time at the club he joined aged seven had come to an end. But despite being ostracised by the club he loved, the forward remained in high spirits until he left.

He added: "I had to grind out that last year because I knew I'd be [leaving] on a free [transfer].

"I'm not really the type of guy to sulk. Around the dressing room, I'm always that bubbly character with good vibes.

"I was getting on with my training and doing my work, then here and there I'd come on and try to give my best. The last year was difficult."

And he plans to give his old pals at United a proper goodbye tonight – but also leave Old Trafford with three points in the bag. He told the Daily Mail: "So this is a chance to say my goodbyes because I never really got that. It will be an enjoyable occasion but we want to win the game. You can’t get caught up too much in it emotionally."


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