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Paul Scholes tips Jesse Lingard and Fred to leave Manchester United after LASK win

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Lingard has scored two goals in two games
Lingard has scored two goals in two games (Picture: Getty Images)

Paul Scholes says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be thinking about offloading Manchester United midfielders Jesse Lingard and Fred after the two were hooked off after an hour in their 2-1 win over LASK.

A much-changed United side secured their place in the Europa League quarter-finals after coming from a goal down to beat the Austrian outfit at Old Trafford, winning the tie 7-1 on aggregate.

Solskjaer’s team will play FC Copenhagen in the next round and with the new streamlined tournament, are now just three games away from lifting the Europa League trophy.

Lingard and Anthony Martial got themselves on the scoresheet, but the former was subbed off alongside Fred shortly after the hour mark and Red Devils legend Scholes believes it could be a sign that they will be deemed surplus to requirements.

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When quizzed about Lingard’s future, Scholes told BT Sport: ‘I’m not totally sure. I do think when he’s playing well he has something to offer. 

‘Lately he hasn’t been good enough really. Is he a starting XI player if you’re going to go on to win the league and the big trophies at Man United? I’m not sure he is. I know he scored in the last couple of games.

Fred has turned his form around at United
Fred has turned his form around at United (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Tonight was a game where you think this is a chance for Jesse to play 90 minutes, along with Fred, and when Ole took him off after an hour, I thought then that this is a sign that Ole is probably thinking of moving him on. 

‘Look, I might be totally wrong about that, but that is just the feeling I get. 

‘When you’ve got fringe players and you need to get them games, tonight was a perfect opportunity for 90 minutes, he scored a goal as well, his confidence might have grown a little bit. 

‘I don’t think he was particularly great in the game but to bring him off after an hour when I don’t think there’s any way in the world he’s going to start in the game on Monday, I think that was a little sign, 

‘And possibly with Fred as well, maybe the same situation, he might be thinking of offloading the pair of them.’

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