Jesse Lingard said he didn’t want to be taken off during Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over LASK Linz on Wednesday night but that he understood the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to withdraw him.
United returned to action to finally conclude their last-16 tie against the Austrian side and, despite a brief scare when Phillipp Wiesinger put the visitors ahead with a stunning strike, Solskjaer’s team booked their place in the next round with a 2-1 win, 7-1 on aggregate.
It was Lingard himself who grabbed the equaliser just two minutes after the Wiesinger’s strike – with Anthony Martial grabbing the winner – as he raced through on goal and calmly slotted the ball below the goalkeeper.
The goal was Lingard’s second strike in as many games after scoring on the final day of the Premier League season against Leicester but the match was only his second start since the game’s restart.
His lack of minutes in recent months meant that when he was replaced by Paul Pogba on the 63rd minute he wasn’t pleased, as he felt he could have added more goals to his tally.
“I was enjoying the game,” he told BT Sport when questioned about his reaction to being replaced after the match. “I enjoy football naturally anyway and I felt that I was going to score more but it’s the manager’s decision and I stand by that.
Vote for your United player of the season here:
“You take confidence from goals and I’ve wanted to add goals this season and obviously I’ve started and scored so hopefully I can carry on throughout the competition.”
United are in quarter-final action against Copenhagen in Cologne on August 10.