Sir Alex Ferguson backs Jesse Lingard to thrive at West Ham and reignite Manchester United career after solid start in London, David Moyes reveals
- Jesse Lingard scored twice on his debut at Aston Villa as West Ham won 3-1
- Sir Alex Ferguson was Red Devils manager when Lingard was coming through
- David Moyes also managed Lingard and revealed Ferguson’s uplifting message
- Lingard could make his home debut for the Hammers against Sheffield United
Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Jesse Lingard to be a real hit at West Ham this season after his excellent start, revealed manager David Moyes.
Lingard, 28, joined the Hammers on loan from Manchester United earlier this month and scored twice on his debut in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
An impressive run has propelled West Ham into the European places and victory over Sheffield United on Monday could cement their place in the top six.
Jesse Lingard scored twice on his West Ham debut after being out frozen out at Old Trafford
Sir Alex Ferguson has fond memories of Lingard as a player trying to break into the first team
Moyes, who worked with Lingard when he was in charge at United, says he has already spoken to Sir Alex about the England international.
‘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 said.
‘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.
The 28-year-old is in line for his full home debut when the Hammers face Sheffield United
‘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.’
Moyes is expected to hand the in-form Lingard his full home debut against the bottom-of-the-table Blades.
The Hammers will be without the impressive central defender Angelo Ogbonna, who sustained an ankle sprain in the FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford on Wednesday.