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Jesse Lingard has demanded regular game time at Manchester United as speculation surrounding a potential exit ramps up.

The midfielder, 28, has endured a difficult time since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the Red Devils on a permanent basis in March 2019.

He then re-established himself as a Premier League force to be reckoned with thanks a sensational loan spell at West Ham from February to May this year.

Lingard bagged nine goals and four assists in 16 appearances under David Moyes and talk of his future has unsurprisingly ramped up since he returned to Manchester.

Lingard was on fire for the Irons while on loan
(Image: PA)

Now, in an interview with Sky Sports , the attacking midfielder has revealed what he wants if he were to remain at United.

“Regular football is the most important thing for me,” Lingard stated.

"After going on loan and getting a good run in the team, you started to see the real me, with the goals and the assists.

"I've never doubted my ability, I've always believed in myself.”

His struggles under Solskjaer were signified by just one Premier League goal in 2019-20, even losing his place in the matchday squad after Bruno Frnandes arrived at the Theatre of Dreams 18 months ago.

Lingard went on to explain just how his move to the London Stadium came about.

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“I spoke to the manager [Solskjaer] in pre-season [2020] and said, 'I need game time'. He said, 'we can discuss it December time', and we spoke again and he agreed to let me go on loan.

"I had various conversations with him during my time at West Ham. He was very supportive and it was a great loan for me."

Lingard’s stunning spring form for the Irons saw him selected for England’s World Cup qualifiers in March, appearing three times before being selected for Gareth Southgate’s 33-man provisional squad for Euro 2020.

The news of being cut from the final 26-man squad wasn’t easy to take for the 28-year-old, but the omission hasn’t prevented him from supporting his country and continuing his ‘great relationship’ with Southgate.

"It was emotional. You're sad and you're down, but you've got to respect the manager's decision.

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"Me and Gareth have a great relationship, and now it's about supporting the boys.

Lingard watched the Three Lions beat Croatia 1-0 in their opening tournament game from a beer garden, prompting him to go viral on social media.

"I love watching England – I'm a fan myself,” he said.

"I enjoyed going to the beer garden to watch the first game.”

Even though Lingard will be watching the remainder of the European Championships from home, the comeback journey he’s been on has still been a positive for the Warrington lad, who has previously admitted his struggles with mental health.

"Last year, November time, I think no one thought I'd get near the team," he admitted.

"But I worked hard, did well on loan and England came knocking.

"I enjoyed the camp in March – it's always good to be back with the boys. I played in those games, and then coming up to the Euros, being involved in the 33-man squad was brilliant as well.

"I worked so hard to get there. I didn't get picked, but I'll always carry on supporting the boys."