'Lingard's a w**ker everywhere he goes' - Jesse Lingard abused by fans on his return to West Ham
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Jesse Lingard was subjected to brutal abuse from fans as he made his return to West Ham United with Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Lingard starred for the Hammers during a loan spell from Manchester United in the second half of the 2020/21 season, scoring nine league goals in 16 games.
He returned to Old Trafford for the following campaign before leaving as a free agent, with West Ham keen on snapping him up after a prolific loan stint.
But he opted to sign for Forest last summer and his decision still doesn't sit well among West Ham fans.
Well, that's judging by the reception he received at the London Stadium, with the West Ham faithful abusing the player throughout the league clash.
Several videos have emerged online of the home supporters taunting the 30-year-old in their big 4-0 win over Forest.
Chants of 'Lingard's a w**ker everywhere he goes' and 'Lingard, what's the time?!' - a chant in reference to reports he had his watch stolen from the West Ham dressing room during his time at the club - could be heard from the stadium.
Lingard, who made a cameo appearance in the second-half following an injury set-back, has yet to score in the league for Forest.
He has, though, scored two goals in all competitions this season as Forest currently occupy 13th place in the table.
Speaking after the crushing defeat, Steve Cooper slammed his team's showing in the second-half.
"It was unacceptable in so many ways, and particularly from a mentality, a concentration and decision-making point of view," he said. "Because of that, the game got completely taken away from us.
"We blame nobody but ourselves. We have to face up to the problems we give ourselves."
Forest resume their league campaign next Sunday when they host Everton.
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