Solskjaer on Lingard’s reaction to being substituted in LASK win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has no problem with Jesse Lingard's unhappy reaction to being substituted shortly after scoring in the Europa League win over LASK Linz.

Lingard had equalised for Manchester United in the last-16 tie at Old Trafford, in which United put the finishes touches to their victory having won 5-0 in the first leg in Austria pre-lockdown.

He was then replaced by Paul Pogba just six minutes later, before late substitute Anthony Martial secured a 2-1 win on the night and a 7-0 success on aggregate.

And Solskjaer was fine with Lingard being disappointed that he was getting replaced after scoring his second goal in two games.

"I've known Jesse since he was a little kid and I know there's a good player and a great personality to have around," Solskjaer told BT Sport.

"He knows what we want from him and he knows he has to stand by the manager whatever decision he makes. I would be disappointed if he was happy coming off.

"He's growing in confidence. He's worked really hard on his finishing, especially lately, and I'm happy for him to score."

Solskjaer's former United teammate Paul Scholes is less enthusiastic about Lingard's future at the club though, and thinks he won't start the Europa League quarter-final against FC Copenhagen despite his goal.

"I’m not totally sure. I do think when he’s playing well he has something to offer," Scholes told BT Sport.

"Lately he hasn’t been good enough really. Is he a starting XI player if you’re going to go on to win the league and the big trophies at Man United? I’m not sure he is. I know he scored in the last couple of games.

"Tonight was a game where you think this is a chance for Jesse to play 90 minutes, along with Fred, and when Ole took him off after an hour, I thought then that this is a sign that Ole is probably thinking of moving him on.

"Look, I might be totally wrong about that, but that is just the feeling I get.

"When you’ve got fringe players and you need to get them games, tonight was a perfect opportunity for 90 minutes, he scored a goal as well, his confidence might have grown a little bit.

"I don’t think he was particularly great in the game but to bring him off after an hour when I don’t think there’s any way in the world he’s going to start in the game on Monday, I think that was a little sign,

"And possibly with Fred as well, maybe the same situation, he might be thinking of offloading the pair of them."

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