Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Jesse Lingard is ‘getting back to the Jesse’ I knew after a dreadful 2019 for the Manchester United attacker.
Lingard failed to score a Premier League goal or offer an assist last year and the England international has recently opened up about difficulties in his personal life.
His poor form has come amid criticism over Lingard’s social media and off-pitch activities and Solskjaer has warned the 26-year-old previously that he needed to knuckle down for the sake of his United career.
Pairing up with super agent Mino Raiola is unlikely to go down well with the hierarchy at Old Trafford but Solskjaer says Lingard is starting to look more like his old self.
“Jesse has had ups and downs as I’ve spoken about before,” said the manager before the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City. ” The games against City and Spurs, they’re two examples of how important he can be for us in different games.
“Of course we want him back, scoring goals, making assists. There’s no one who runs as much as Jesse. He’s great in pressing, he’s a lively, bubbly character.
“You don’t see as much in the social media as you used to with Jesse, he’s got his head down and working hard. I’ve known him for many years, he’s getting back to the Jesse I knew.”