Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms plans for Jesse Lingard after Man Utd friendly comeback
Lingard made his return for United in the second half of their 2-1 friendly win over Derby County at Pride Park having ended last season on loan at West Ham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is currently counting on Jesse Lingard as the England attacker made his comeback for the club at Derby.
Lingard impressed in the second half of last season when he was on loan at West Ham, scoring nine goals in 16 games as he demonstrated form that got him back into the England squad.
The United academy product is still wanted on a permanent deal in east London, but he has returned to his parent club for pre-season and featured in United's 2-1 friendly win over Derby at Pride Park on Sunday.
Lingard came on at half-time as he helped the visitors to victory, with goals coming from youngsters Tahith Chong and Facundo Pellistri, with the 28-year-old almost adding a third when he hit the woodwork.
Reports have suggested that West Ham are reluctant to match United's asking price of around £30m for Lingard, but Solskjaer says he is happy to have him in his squad.
"Jesse has come back, been bright, he wants to fight for his place," Solskjaer told MUTV.
"We lacked some options at times [last season]. Jesse is in the plans at the moment."
One of the reasons Solskjaer may want to keep Lingard around is because of Marcus Rashford's shoulder injury.
The forward seems set to miss the first two months of the upcoming campaign as he undergoes surgery on a problem that has long troubled him, and the United boss provided an update on the injured England forward.
"We are looking at the best options," he said.
"He went away to reflect on it a little bit.
"We have to take the best course of action for him and the club. "
Solskjaer says he is counting on Lingard(Image: Action Images via Reuters)
"We are still addressing that with the experts."
Speaking on the game as a whole, and the performance of summer signing Tom Heaton who has returned to the club, Solskjaer added: "The first game is always difficult, it's the first test of 45 minutes, big pitch, took a bit of time to get going, loads of young players getting their chance to play with some of the first-team ones.
"[Heaton] has conducted himself so well throughout his career.
"I was just on the end of my career when he was coming up, so I'm so happy to have him.
"Tom wants to play as well, I think he's been unlucky with an injury last season.
"I think he would have been in the England squad if not. Of course, he's got ambitions."