Gary Neville feels neither Manchester United nor Jesse Lingard can lose when it comes to making a decision over the midfielder’s future this summer.
The 28-year-old has been in flying form for West Ham since joining them on loan back in January and has put himself firmly back in the shop window this summer.
Lingard was deemed surplus to requirements by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though the United boss may now think twice about letting the in-form star go permanently.
Alternatively, if Solskjaer opts to allow Lingard a fresh start elsewhere, United are now in a stronger position to command a bigger fee, leaving Neville to describe it as effectively a “win-win”.
“We know he’s a good player,” the former United right-back said on the Gary Neville podcast . “United have a big decision to make.
“Do they cash in and get good money for him, and then replenish the squad in an area they want to, and bring extra quality? Or do they think he’s part of a good 23-man squad? He can’t lose with the decision, Solskjaer.
“Lingard’s value has gone up, Jesse is enjoying himself, so he either comes back to United or plays a big part in a title challenge, or he gets a good move, United get the money for him, and they can use that money to spend elsewhere.
“I don’t think United or Lingard can lose, it’s a win-win for both parties.”
Lingard was back on the scoresheet again for the Hammers at the weekend, scoring twice in their 3-2 victory over top four rivals Leicester.
His form earned him an England recall last month and he has now racked up an impressive eight goals in just nine games at West Ham.
In the back of United’s minds though will be the fact Lingard’s contract at Old Trafford expires in 2022, making this summer the ideal time to sell him if they are not going to retain him for the long term.
However, speaking about his player recently, Solskjaer seemed open to keeping him at the club.
“You know, sometimes as a manager, you can think only about yourself and your own squad,” said Solskjaer last week. “The selfish thing would have been to keep Jesse, because he would have got the chance.
“He knows we made the decision to let him go and that was a personal decision he was going to benefit from and West Ham were going to benefit from.
“He deserved to play more towards the end of the season because there is a big Euros as well in the summer and we hope he is going to be part of it. I have always rated Jesse very highly.”