Jesse Lingard reveals why he left Man United for West Ham amid interest from Sheffield United
Jesse Lingard has revealed why he chose to move to West Ham on loan in January from Manchester United.
The 28-year-old has been a revelation since making the switch to the London Stadium.
Eight goals and three assists in nine appearances have helped the Hammers harbour hopes of European qualification, currently sitting fourth in the table just a point behind third-placed Leicester.
That form has seen him return to the England set-up and also lead the way for goal involvements since his arrival.
Their climb up the table has been attributed to Lingard’s presence, losing just once when he has played – a 2-1 loss at Man City.
Chris Wilder had made Lingard his number one target in January, and had been told in December by the player’s representatives that he would be open to a move.
Newcastle were also said to be interested among other clubs, but he says he chose West Ham due to his previous relationship with David Moyes.
“You work so hard and you want to play and then you don’t end up playing, you just have to keep a strong mindset and in good physical and mental shape and be ready when called upon. As soon as the loan was done I was ready to play,” he told the BBC Football Daily Podcast.
“I was always ready to play no matter what.
“He [Moyes] has been really good. I knew him from my time at Man United and we had a conversation back then, me and my family with him about letting me go on loan to Birmingham and obviously he let me go on loan there.
“West Ham was one of the later clubs to come in to get me on loan on deadline day and it was only right to repay the favour by coming and helping out here.
“Even when I came we had a couple of words and he said ‘nothing is a given, nothing is guaranteed, you have to work hard to get in the team’ and as soon as he said that it only drove me to work harder and made me hungrier to play.
“And when I did get my chance I was over the moon and full of smiles. It had been a long time and to get back on the grass playing football was amazing.”