Jesse Lingard has returned to first team training with Manchester United.

Lingard was out for a while after a positive Covid test sidelined him for the first game of the season and United’s last friendly.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club’s website that he felt Lingard “reinvented” himself on loan from West Ham last season, adding, “He will play a big role.”

West Ham’s interest will not go away. First-team coach Stuart Pearce told Talksport this morning that the Hammers are still looking to sign him.

Pearce said: “The ball is in the Manchester United field. He is bound to her. We would like to have him with us, there is no doubt about that. “

The comments are a bit ridiculous as the ball is not in United’s field. It is not up to United to offer Lingard on loan or cheaply.

The ball is in West Ham’s court to make United an offer the club can’t refuse. Just as the reverse would apply to Declan Rice.

Solskjaer appreciates Jesse Lingard and has stated that he would like more competition for Bruno Fernandes, who got tired in the second half of the season, a season in which he played more than 70 games in 13 months for club and country.

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Lingard has proven his quality at West Ham and it will take a big offer for United to part ways with the midfielder, especially as he seems content to stay.

If Lingard was dying to leave, he would have made it clear when he returned to first-team training. Instead, he seems to be sticking around and pushing to win trophies with United.

West Ham can try to change the situation. A £ 25 to 30 million bid would start a conversation at United right now, just as it did at the beginning of the summer. The ball is yours.

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