Jesse Lingard makes Manchester United demand as transfer speculation ramps up
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As speculations about a possible exit grows, Jesse Lingard is demanding regular game time at Manchester United.

Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as permanent manager of the Red Devils in March 2019, the midfielder, 28, has had a rough time.

After a fantastic loan period at West Ham from February to May this year, he re-established himself as a Premier League force to be reckoned with.

Lingard scored nine goals and provided four assists in 16 games for David Moyes, and speculation about his future has increased since his return to Manchester.

The attacking midfielder has outlined what he wants if he stays at United in an interview with Sky Sports.

“Regular football is the most important thing for me,” Lingard stated.

“After going on loan and getting a good run in the team, you started to see the real me, with the goals and the assists.

“I’ve never doubted my ability, I’ve always believed in myself.”

Under Solskjaer, he only scored one Premier League goal in 2019-20, and he was even dropped from the matchday squad after Bruno Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford 18 months ago.

“I spoke to the manager [Solskjaer] in pre-season [2020] and said, ‘I need game time’. He said, ‘we can discuss it December time’, and we spoke again and he agreed to let me go on loan.

“I had various conversations with him during my time at West Ham. He was very supportive and it was a great loan for me.”

The 28-year-old’s absence from the final 26-man squad was difficult to accept, but it hasn’t stopped him from supporting his country and maintaining his “great relationship” with Southgate.

“It was emotional. You’re sad and you’re down, but you’ve got to respect the manager’s decision.

“Me and Gareth have a great relationship, and now it’s about supporting the boys.

Lingard went viral on social media after watching the Three Lions beat Croatia 1-0 in their opening tournament game from a beer garden.

“I love watching England – I’m a fan myself,” he said.

“I enjoyed going to the beer garden to watch the first game.”

“Last year, November time, I think no one thought I’d get near the team,” he admitted.

“But I worked hard, did well on loan and England came knocking.

“I enjoyed the camp in March – it’s always good to be back with the boys. I played in those games, and then coming up to the Euros, being involved in the 33-man squad was brilliant as well.

“I worked so hard to get there. I didn’t get picked, but I’ll always carry on supporting the boys.”

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