Peter Crouch offers Jesse Lingard advice on Manchester United future

Peter Crouch feels Jesse Lingard should leave Manchester United behind (Picture: Getty Images)

Peter Crouch believes Jesse Lingard should leave Manchester United this summer, although the Red Devils should demand at least £20m for the in-form star.

Lingard has been superb since joining West Ham on loan in January, scoring eight goals in nine Premier League games, including a brace in a 3-2 win over Leicester City on Sunday.

After being frozen out at Old Trafford in the first half of the season, the 28-year-old is now hot property, with the Hammers very keen to keep hold of him, Manchester United considering bringing him back into the fold and Arsenal linked with a summer move for his signature.

Crouch believes Lingard should not return to Manchester and hopes that West Ham can do a deal for the England international so he can continue his remarkable resurgence under David Moyes.

‘Maybe the plan was for him to go out and show himself to potential suitors,’ Crouch told the Daily Mail. ‘If that is the case, I think United will try to command £20m-plus. Even in this day and age, that would represent amazing value.

‘Personally, I believe Jesse would be better off leaving. He is playing with the shackles off at a club where he is wanted. Why would he jeopardise that by taking the chance of returning to United and finding out a few months down the line that he is a bit-part player?

‘Suddenly the old mentality would creep in, the doubts, and all the good work would go out. This fresh start has been fantastic for Lingard. It has also done him good getting away from the scrutiny in Manchester. I hope West Ham get that deal over the line.’

Hammers boss Moyes has unsurprisingly been delighted with Lingard’s form since arriving in east London and admitted that his goal-scoring exploits have come as something of a shock.

‘He has come in and helped the team greatly in the way he has played and also his attitude around the club, it has lifted us up,’ said the Scot.

‘I didn’t expect Jesse to probably get as many goals so I am really thrilled with the amount of goals he is getting at the moment and long may it continue.’

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