Jesse Lingard joined Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for this afternoon’s pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League clash against LASK.
The England International was honest in his assessment and pledged to impress Solskjaer when he starts tomorrow night, as confirmed by the boss.
“Not had the best of seasons, and after lockdown I wanted to impress the manager,” Lingard said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“The hard work paid off (vs Leicester) and a goal gives you confidence. I am looking forward to playing in the next game.”
Lingard went on to add that he wants to win the Europa League this season — a feat he achieved in 2017 when José Mourinho was in charge of the Reds.
“It is nice to finish third [in the Premier League], but it would be even better to lift a trophy at the end of the season.”
With Lingard set to start against LASK, he made it clear how hard he is working to impress Solskjaer, saying: “Every game, every minute I play, I have got to try and impress and do as much as I can to help the team and impress the manager. It is the perfect way now to get a run in the tournament.”
We’ve covered United all season and it’s been difficult at times not to criticise Lingard, but I still believe he could be an asset in the squad. Hopefully he stars on Wednesday night because another goal would do him the world of good.
Solskjaer revealed his updated 30-man squad for the remainder of the Europa League prior to his press briefing. He also confirmed that they will be staying out in Germany for UEFA’s mini festival of football.