Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed post-game that Jesse Lingard picked up a hamstring injury in the dying stages of our 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar in den Haag on Thursday night.
The midfielder was only introduced in place of Mason Greenwood for the final quarter-of-an-hour during an uneventful game at the Cars Jeans Stadion in the Europa League.
Lingard has been unproductive to start the 2019-20 season which saw him omitted from Gareth Southgate’s England squad, announced earlier in the day. Ole threw the attacking midfielder on in hope he could produce a moment of magic in the latter stages of the game.
However, not only did the youth academy product fail to produce anything, he also left the pitch in stoppage time after all three substitutes had been made.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that the injury isn’t too serious, telling MUTV after the game:
“He tweaked his hamstring, so he didn’t feel like he could risk it. But hopefully it’s not too bad.”
The 26-year-old is now expected to miss the weekend’s clash away to Newcastle United, and he may have been expected to start given the lack of options we have in midfield currently. Paul Pogba and Andreas Pereira could start again with Scott McTominay in a midfield three.
Manchester United’s 0-0 draw away to AZ Alkmaar sees us tied top of our Europa League group with Red Star Belgrade, who were 2-1 winners away to Astana earlier in the day. Our next two fixtures in the competition are against the Serbian side.