Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to welcome back Jesse Lingard when his West Ham United loan spell expires.
Lingard signed for West Ham on loan from United during the January transfer window after falling out of favor under Solskjaer. Since his move, the England international has been in fine form for the Hammers, netting eight goals while providing three assists in nine Premier League games.
His recent performance has seen the 28-year-old linked with a number of clubs in Europe including Arsenal but Scholes believes Solskjaer should retain the playmaker.
"Jesse needed to play football – he needed a chance – and West Ham gave him that chance," the United legend told talkSPORT.
"I know the quality Jesse has. I worked with Jesse as an 18/19-year-old as a coach so I know the quality he possesses. His fitness was never going to be a problem even though he hadn’t played for a while, he’s so professional and so fit.
"He’s been sensational. For Ole, I think it would be great to have him back to give some competition to Bruno Fernandes. When he isn’t quite doing it we have a player in Jesse Lingard who is capable of reaching the same heights."
"His numbers since he’s been at West Ham have been just as good as Bruno, so it’s always healthy to have competition in the squad. ‘Hopefully, Jesse is ready for that and Ole wants him to do that as well."
The Hammers who are fourth on the log with travel to take on Newcastle United on Saturday in the Premier League.
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