Solskjaer defends the indefensible over Lingard’s form

Date published: Sunday 25th August 2019 11:43

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he has no concerns over Jesse Lingard’s form after another ineffective performance from the Manchester United attacker.

Lingard was replaced by Mason Greenwood shortly after half-time while United struggled to break down Crystal Palace’s defence at Old Trafford.

Daniel James eventually scored a late equaliser – before Patrick van Aanholt netted a shock winner for Palace in added time.

“We didn’t have enough urgency and penetration in the first half until they scored,” said Solskjaer on United’s attacking struggles. But the United boss won’t pin the blame on Lingard, who has failed to score a Premier League goal in 2019.

“No,” said Solskjaer when asked if he was worried about Lingard’s form. “We stick together and Jesse’s not scored any goals in the last three games, no, but he’s been a big part of our team and will continue being an important part.

“The energy he gives us is lively, but we felt Mason had to come on and create something and we’ll see more of Mason.”

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