Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to give Jesse Lingard any assurances over his future after he scored in Manchester United ’s lacklustre win over LASK.
United legend and BT Sport pundit Paul Scholes feels Lingard may have to move to a “a mid-table club” because he has become a fringe player.
Solskjaer has known Lingard since he was a kid at United and he refused to reassure him over his Old Trafford future when pressed.
“Every player, when you play or train, you get your chance to prove yourself, to prove your worth,” said the United boss.
“I’ve known Jesse since he was a kid. He’s a good player, with a great personality.
“He knows what we want from him. He’s growing in confidence, he’s worked hard on his finishing and I’m happy for him to score.”
Lingard was clearly disappointed when Solskjaer took him off and he hopes his second goal in successive games has pushed his claims to start in Monday’s Europa League quarter-final against FC Copenhagen in Cologne.
“Yeah, of course,” said Lingard. “I was enjoying the game. I enjoy football naturally and I felt like I could have scored more.
“It’s the manager’s decision and I stick by that.
“I started and scored and hopefully I can carry on throughout the competition.”
Solskjaer also dismissed any fears of burn-out for Harry Maguire after he started his captain while resting virtually all of his other first-team regulars.
“He’s desperate to play,” said Solskjaer. “He’s the captain. He always wants to play, he’s always ready to play.
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“He’s only missed one or two games this season maybe and he gets sharper the more he plays.
"He’ll get his time off after the tournament, don’t worry about that.”
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