Jesse Lingard has yet to start in the Premier League or Champions League this season despite good performances in the five times he has come off the bench
Jesse Lingard is “unhappy” at his lack of football at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.
The 28-year-old Englishman was vital in United’s comeback win over Villarreal on Wednesday, avenging last season’s Europa League final defeat by Unai Emery’s men.
In the Champions League clash, Lingard came off the bench to set up Cristiano Ronaldo’s 95th-minute winner in the 2-1 victory.
However, despite his impact on the night, the England international is unhappy at his continued lack of playtime at United.
Lingard has yet to start in the Premier League or Champions League this season despite good performances in the five times he has come off the bench.
Against former club West Ham earlier this month, Lingard scored the winner in a key game for United and has two goals in three league appearances this season.
Boss Solskjaer knows that Lingard wants to be playing more often, but he has made no assurances that Lingard will be starting games going forward.
Solskjaer said: “Jesse is unhappy at not playing more. But you come on and make an impact. That’s what you do when you’re a sub at this level.”
Lingard went on loan to West Ham last season due to his lack of first-team opportunities and became a key part of their attack.
This season Lingard is back at Man United where he must compete with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho for football.
Against Villarreal, United were under the cosh early on, with their full-backs isolated and exposed.
David de Gea continued his brilliant start to the season, and kept United in the game in the first half.
Despite conceding early into the second half, United struck back with a brilliant volley from Alex Telles.
It came down to the 95th minute and a hard-fought goal from Ronaldo to seal the win for his side.
Solskjaer played down the impact or existence of any tactical intricacies that may have been behind the victory.
Instead, he hailed the Old Trafford crowd and superstar striker Ronaldo for the win.
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He said: “That is what happens at Old Trafford.
“It has happened so many times before. We had to throw caution to the wind and we got lucky in the end.
“They are a very hard team to play, a very hard team to beat. It is a difficult one because we are at home we want to win.
“But if we don’t go and press them they will be happy enough sitting off.
“Sometimes it is not about ‘pass there, pass there’, it is the crowd – and they have sucked it in before – and when you have Cristiano on the pitch you always have a chance. He is so good in front of goal and he has an impact on everyone.
“It is massive for the players, to win a game in this fashion after we lost a game in Berne [vs Young Boys] in that fashion. Every game is hard at this level. You see results you don’t see very often, like yesterday. The margins are so small.”