Sir Alex Ferguson nonetheless retains monitor of his former Manchester United gamers, and despatched a message of help to Jesse Lingard at West Ham.
David Moyes, the Hammers boss, revealed the legendary former Previous Trafford supervisor had been in contact to say he was eager to see Lingard do properly on the London Stadium.
The 28-year-old was coming by the ranks at United when Fergie was in cost and is now seeking to reignite his profession at West Ham, having moved on mortgage in January.
“He’s solely right here within the quick time period however already I’ve spoken with Sir Alex, who requested me to move on his finest to Jesse; he talked about he was eager about him as a result of Sir Alex had him as a boy at Previous Trafford,” mentioned Moyes.
“After which after I was there I had him for a bit of bit as properly simply at the beginning of it.
“That simply reveals you the curiosity Sir Alex has in all of the younger gamers he had, all his groups and all his golf equipment he reveals a terrific curiosity in them and he was happy Jesse bought off to a very good begin.
Lingard scored twice on his debut for the Hammers in a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa at the beginning of the month.
The England worldwide was ineligible for the FA Cup tie in opposition to United on Tuesday however can be again within the squad for Monday’s Premier League recreation in opposition to backside facet Sheffield United.
Requested about Lingard bringing a successful mentality from United, Moyes mentioned: “I refer again to my time at Everton after I introduced Phil Neville in and I introduced Tim Howard in.
“Phil Neville was nice for his mentality and what he introduced, it actually gave us one other edge. Him as a participant as properly gave us one thing else. I’m hoping Jesse does the identical.”
West Ham are one of many shock packages of the season after ending simply 5 factors above the relegation zone within the earlier marketing campaign with 39 factors from 38 video games.
They’ve already matched that factors tally to take a seat simply outdoors the Champions League locations and, if outsiders have been shocked by their success, Moyes all the time maintained his self-belief.
“West Ham as a soccer membership and the group of gamers have been outstanding,” he added. “The gamers have been good in all the things they’ve carried out.
“As for myself, I’ve been a bit shocked as a result of I’ve mentioned many instances that many of the groups in my profession I’ve tended to be managing across the prime of the league, not across the backside of the league. So it’s solely a bit of bit in current jobs the place I’ve been requested to do this.
“However I’m hoping that the long run is we’re going to be managing West Ham across the prime of the league.
“I’ve been on this scenario earlier than and I’ve tried to elucidate how one can have a very good season after which have a foul season. That occurred at the beginning however we have to get to a degree of stability along with your staff.
“We now have the very best enchancment in complete factors since this time final season than every other staff and it’s probably too massive a spike. Someplace alongside the road we have now to get a consistency for our degree and I hope it’s the degree we’re at now.
“The gamers know contained in the dressing room precisely what I need and what I anticipate, however that’s for the dressing room and never for anyone else.”