West Ham boss David Moyes has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson sent a message to Jesse Lingard, with the Manchester United starccurrently on loan at the London club.
Lingard fell out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the theatre of dreams and took the opportunity to pursue regular football elsewhere, joining West Ham on loan till the end of the campaign.
The United star has made a good start to his life in east London with his new side in outstanding form under Moyes, currently sitting sixth in the Premier League.
Moyes says that he still speaks with former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex, and the Scot was asking after Lingard and passed on his best wishes for his time at the club.
‘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,’ said Moyes.
‘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.’
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West Ham host Sheffield United on Monday in the Premier League and Moyes is looking forward to playing Lingard again.
‘I think Jesse Lingard has settled in very well, especially scoring two goals in his first game at Aston Villa,’ said Moyes.
‘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.’