‘Last season was not up to standard’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demands more from underperforming Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard
- Jesse Lingard recently received unwanted publicity over a social media post
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given the 26-year-old a clean slate during pre-season
- But the Red Devils manager admits he is looking for more from the midfielder
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on a mission to get an underperforming Jesse Lingard back to the player who starred for England at the World Cup.
Since February 2018, Lingard has scored as many international goals as he has done in the Premier League (4-4) and recently received unwanted publicity over a crude social media post during a holiday in America.
Solskjaer has given the 26-year-old a clean slate on their pre-season tour but admits he is looking for more from the midfielder who came up from the United academy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on a mission to get an underperforming Jesse Lingard back on track
‘Jesse has proved before with his big-game goals that he’s valuable. But of course I’m going to demand more of him,’ said Solskjaer.
‘I think he will be the first one to know that his last season was not up to standard. What we have discussed can be between the two of us but I expect more from him and he knows what I expect.’
Lingard is said to have responded well to a second chance and been near the top of United’s physical testing on tour in Australia and Singapore.
Solskjaer added: ‘Jesse knows what it is to be a Man United player. At times maybe he’s made one or two bad decisions but he’s made more good decisions than bad decisions. He’s a top boy.’
Lingard hasn’t scored since January and was criticised last month for posting Snapchat footage of a friend simulating sex during a post-season break in Miami.
Solskjaer has given the 26-year-old a clean slate on their pre-season tour of Asia