(Reuters) – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that Jesse Lingard has cut back on social media activities to regain his best shape in the second half of the campaign.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives instructions to Jesse Lingard. Reuters / Craig Brough
Lingard neither scored a goal in the 2019 calendar year nor assisted in the Premier League and lost his place in the English squad of Gareth Southgate before this year's European Championship.
"Jesse had its ups and downs, as I said," said Solskjaer at a press conference ahead of Tuesday's semi-final against Manchester City against Manchester City.
“We want him to score goals again and make templates. There is no one who runs so much, he is a great trigger for us in the press, he is a lively, bubbly character. "
Lingard recently said in an interview with the Daily Mail that he feared for his future after posting a bizarre social media video with teammate Marcus Rashford last season.
Solskjaer had reprimanded the midfielder for his behavior and said it was important to talk to the players about how they presented themselves online.
"I don't think you see as much of Jesse on social media as you used to," added the Norwegian coach.
"He has his head down and is working hard. I have known him for many, many years and he is returning to the Jesse I knew."
United beat City in an impressive 2-1 win at Etihad Stadium last month, just three days after they gave Tottenham Hotspur the same result.
Solskjaer said these achievements are now a benchmark for his United squad.
"We have to strive for such achievements," he said.
"But every game lives its own life, and if you reach such high values, they will surely remember it and say," This is the man we want to see. "But we can still improve that."
United will make a late decision about the availability of its vulnerable and injured players.
Lingard and Anthony Martial missed Saturday's goalless FA Cup draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, and defender Harry Maguire knocked during the game at Molineux Stadium.
"We will give them as much time as possible," said Solskjaer.
"If it were a game today, I wouldn't be sure if they could do their best, but another 36 hours could be a big change."
Hardik Vyas reporting in Bengaluru; Edited by Christian Radnedge