Jesse Lingard: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allays mounting injury fears

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is optimistic the injury Jesse Lingard sustained with AZ Alkmaar in Manchester Uniteds goalless draw is not as serious as first feared.
Lingard, omitted from Gareth Southgates newest squad, hobbled off the pitch that was plastic in the Cars Jeans Arena in stoppage-time, leaving United to finish the uninspiring stalemate in ADO Den Haags home – AZ house – together with 10 guys.
With Uniteds attacking alternatives currently threadbare, Solskjaer can ill afford the loss of the next forward to injury ahead of a run of six away games in seven – beginning with Sundays trip to Newcastle, live on Sky Sports.
But, talking after the draw against AZ, the United boss indicated the withdrawal of Lingard was sterile.
Jesse tweaked his hand, he didnt believe he can risk it, Solskjaer explained. Hopefully it is not too bad.
Solskjaer delivered his message that was reassuring after United type took a turn for the worse at The Hague.
United failed to register a shot on goal for the first time at a Europa League match as their winless run on the street stretched to 10 games.
But an upbeat Solskjaer insisted that he was happy with Uniteds screen, including:Its a good point away from home from a tricky opponent onto a tough surface.
We got to grips with the astroturf until the second half, in the first half it takes some the time to get control of the ball and the match.
But I am happy with the boys. Brandon [ Williams debut ]. You cannot observe any nerves, hes so brave, courageous moving and when shooting the ball and a fantastic defender.
There are lots of games we could and should have won, I dont believe it [the 10-game winless streak] is an problem.
Today we got a fantastic point away from home, if you buy a point from the team and get your home games you will go through.
Solskjaer was impressed with the officiating at Holland, arguing when Marcus Rashford had been brought down in the area by Alkmaar defender Stijn Wuytens his side had been denied a penalty.
It should have been a win, that the Norwegian added. I am fed up talking about penalties we must have experienced, Arsenal on Monday and today.
You cannot get that choice wrong in soccer. The linesman appears in the handle on Marcus and the defender wiped his foot from the floor.
Its a poor choice, unfortunately we did not get it, but there is not any point me whining. Therell come a stage when these choices go our way, thats my always positive view.

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