Paul Scholes claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to substitute both Jesse Lingard and Fred in Manchester United’s victory over LASK indicates the pair will be sold by the club.
Leading 5-0 from the first leg, United fell behind after Philipp Wiesinger’s stunning strike.
After the game Scholes claimed Solskjaer’s decision to take Lingard and Fred off doesn’t bode well for the pair ahead of the quarter-final against Copenhagen on Monday.
“I’m not totally sure [on Lingard]. 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.”