United Boss Defends Playing Lingard Against Wolves

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he brought Jesse Lingard back to the starting line up for Manchester United’s FA Cup quarter-final.

Lingard has not featured since coming off injured against Liverpool in the Premier League three weeks ago, but returned alongside Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in a front three for United at Wolves.

Ander Herrera also made his return after injuring himself against Liverpool, and Solskjaer said he wanted his attacking line to link up in the final third at Molineux.

Solskjaer told the United website: “We are looking better. Of course, Romelu [Lukaku] has had a foot injury so we will miss him today but hopefully Anthony, Jesse and Ander will be okay.

“Jesse gives us that extra bit of energy, a change of tempt in the last third, he has got loads of energy, pace, quick combinations.

“Of course we hope they are going to find themselves today – Anthony, Rashy, Jesse, Paul [Pogba] – if we can get some combinations through them.”

Solskjaer also confirmed that there were no injury concerns over Herrera and Lingard.

Speaking to BBC One, he said: “There are no worries over Ander and Jesse.

“They’ve had a good week now. I thought about risking them last week against Arsenal but it was a bit too early. Now they should be ready.”

United are looking to reach a Wembley semi-final for the second year in a row, and will face Man City, Watford, Millwall or Brighton in the last four should they progress.

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