By Paul Robinson

12th Oct, 2021 | 4:00pm

West Ham return 'on the cards' for Lingard in January after 'huge' Man United reveal - pundit

West Ham could re-sign Jesse Lingard in January after the Man United attacker acknowledged his “need” for regular football.

That is the view of former Spurs and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 28-year-old’s future at Old Trafford.

As quoted by the Manchester Evening News (October 8th), Lingard admitted he needs to be playing regularly to realise his dream of going to next year’s World Cup.

The attacking midfielder claimed game time plays “a huge part” in the selection process for internationals.

Lingard has been a bit-part player since returning to Man United from a highly-successful loan spell at West Ham.

He has made six appearances across all competitions this season – only one has been a start.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if Lingard could return to the London Stadium next year, Robinson said:

“A return to West Ham could be on the cards judging by that.

“If Lingard wants any kind of international career he needs to be getting regular starts. I don’t think a bit-part role at Man United is going to be enough for him.

“He played well against Andorra. I’m a big fan of his. I really like the way he plays. He looks a completely different player since he’s come back from West Ham.

“The worry would be that he regresses again as his game time reduces. He is not getting the minutes that he wants.

“There will be a couple of exits from Man United in January. Lingard could well be one of them. I think there will be activity there.”

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