Finding themselves frequently excluded from the plans of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the out of favor Manchester United duo of Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones might have been offered a Premier League lifeline — if West Ham United can stay in the league.
According to an article in the Independent, West Ham coach David Moyes has expressed interest in the unwanted duo, but that all depends if the Hammers can survive their relegation battle.
Moyes is familiar with Lingard, having been together during the 2012-13 season when Moyes was at the helm at United. The thought is that Lingard could lift West Ham’s scoring threat if he can regain some semblance of his former form that earned him international call-ups for England.
The Phil Jones situation is a little more complicated. The oft-maligned defender signed a new four-year deal last year, but it is painfully obvious that his playing days are over at United, so he might be more open to a move, especially if that means staying England’s top division.
In any case, United are expected to have a clearout in the next transfer window and that could mean the end of Lingard’s and Jones’s tenures at Old Trafford, regardless if West Ham stay up or not.