Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that Jesse Lingard is unhappy at the club due to his lack of game time, after the England star came off the bench to set up Cristiano Ronaldo’s last minute winner against Villarreal on Wednesday.
Lingard is yet to start a game in the Premier League or Champions League this season, but has come off the bench on five occasions and proved influential in doing so.
The 28-year-old scored the winner against West Ham in the Premier League earlier this month and turned provider for Ronaldo at Old Trafford in the 2-1 win over the Spanish side.
Solskjaer knows that Lingard wants to be playing more and starting games, but has said that the midfielder is doing exactly the right things when he does get his opportunities.
‘Jesse is unhappy at not playing more,’ said the Norwegian. ‘But you come on an make an impact. That’s what you do when you’re a sub at this level.’
United had fallen behind in the second half, but a sublime Alex Telles volley equalised with 30 minutes to play and then Ronaldo struck as the seconds ebbed away.
Solskjaer played down any tactical intricacies that may have been behind the victory, hailing the Old Trafford crowd and the fact that he has Cristiano Ronaldo in his side for the win.
‘That is what happens at Old Trafford,’ he said. ‘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.’
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