Sir Alex Ferguson sends message to Jesse Lingard after West Ham loan exit

Sir Alex Ferguson has sent a message to Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard after his loan move to West Ham.

The Englishman, who made just three appearances for the Red Devils this season, was shipped out to east London by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season.

And the 28-year-old has been enjoying his time with the Hammers, starting both games and scoring two goals on his debut.

Having started in United’s academy set-up 21 years ago, he was an unused substitute under Sir Alex twice in 2011.

But Lingard’s new boss David Moyes, who worked with him after succeeding the United legend in 2013, has revealed that the the Scot has been keeping tabs on Lingard.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of taking on Sheffield United, the Hammers manager said: “He’s only here in the short term but already I’ve spoken with Sir Alex, who asked me to pass on his best to Jesse.

“He mentioned he was thinking about him because Sir Alex had him as a boy at Old Trafford.

“And then when I was there I had him for a little bit as well just at the start of it.

“That just shows you the interest Sir Alex has in all the young players he had, all his teams and all his clubs he shows a great interest in them and he was pleased Jesse got off to a good start.”

Lingard’s last United goal came on the last day of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign – his first top-flight goal for 19 months.

But the Hammers boss is pleased with the strong start the Englishman has made in east London.

Moyes added: “I think Jesse Lingard has settled in very well, especially scoring two goals in his first game at Aston Villa.

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  • “We didn’t have a great team performance against Fulham, which he was involved in as well, but he’ll have had a little bit of rest and a chance to recover, as he’s not had a lot of minutes as far as games go.

    “So, he’s had a little room to get a week’s recovery between games so we’ll have Jesse back in and around the squad, which will give us a boost.”

    It comes as United fans were delighted to see Lingard grab a brace on his West Ham debut.

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