Rio Ferdinand sends message to Jesse Lingard over his Man Utd future

Rio Ferdinand has urged Jesse Lingard to leave his Man Utd career in the past and aim to land a permanent move to West Ham.

The England international impressed on his debut for the Hammers after signing on loan, scoring twice in the win over Aston Villa.

Lingard's spell in East London is due to finish at the end of the season but there appears little future for him back at Old Trafford.

And Ferdinand now wants to see the 28-year-old grasp the opportunity in front of him and kick-start the next part of his journey.

"He has experience of being on loan at clubs, this is nothing new to him. I think more importantly what's his ambition here, beyond this season. What is he looking to do?" Ferdinand told BT Sport .

"If West Ham don't put a bid in the buy him at the end of this loan I think this loan has to be seen as a failure.

"That's got to be his aim – to get a bid from West Ham and other clubs to take him out of Man Utd.

"Because I don't see him going back to Man Utd and really affecting that squad now.

"I think they've moved past him with the players they've recruited, he doesn't feature, hasn't done for so long.

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"He said earlier in the week he doesn't feel he's been given a fair crack of the whip under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer]."

Lingard had only featured in three matches for United this season when David Moyes swooped to offer him regular first-team football.

The pair worked together previously when Moyes was in charge at United, and so far Lingard has started all three matches since his move as West Ham push for a spot in Europe next season.

Ferdinand continued: "I just think this is a new chapter for him to go and prove himself again and go on to enjoy your football.

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"When you're not playing I don't care who you are or what you do off the pitch you don't enjoy your life. He's been in that position for far too long.

"I personally think he needs to look at a new chapter in his life and that's without Manchester United.

"Sometimes your time just comes to an end at a football club – it's out of your control a lot of the time.

"And I feel he's in a position where he can build a new chapter for himself here and be part of something really enjoyable."

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