Manchester United saw out their 5-0 aggregate lead in tonight’s Europa League game against Austrian side LASK by winning 2-1 which saw them coast through to the quarter-finals with an overall scoreline of 7-1.
Despite the game being a largely dull affair, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s youthful side were able to navigate the tie with relative ease.
Tonight’s starting eleven saw out-of-favour 27-year-old Jesse Lingard get his first start United played Derby County in the FA Cup all the way back in March.
The Englishman endured a decent performance and even managed to bag himself a goal in the 57th minute after his deflected shot found it’s way into the net.
However, despite drawing his side level, Solskjaer opted to bring the midfielder off just six minutes later in a substitution which saw the introduction of Paul Pogba.
Lingard appeared to be visibly disappointed by his manager’s decision to bring him off the pitch, especially given his goal heroics just moments earlier.
Speaking after the game to BT Sport, Lingard addressed his reaction, as quoted by Manchester Evening News, by saying: “Yeah, of course, I was enjoying the game, I enjoy football naturally anyway and I felt that I was going to score more but it’s the manager’s decision and I stuck by that.”
The Reds will go into the Europa League’s next round on August 10 with a quarter-final tie against Danish side FC Copenhagen to look forward.
Listen to Lingard’s post-match interview in full below, via BT Sport:
"When you're in the right mental state football takes your mind away from everything."
"Man United's in my blood and I love playing for the club."
— Football on BT Sport #Club2020 (@btsportfootball) August 5, 2020