Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jesse Lingard

Solakjaer admits he’s ‘so pleased’ to see academy graduate Lingard’s ‘fantastic development’

Jesse Lingard has been praised by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his development and flexibility as part of Manchester United’s first team this season.

It’s hard to believe the attacking midfielder is already 26-years-old, but the Norwegian manager says his development from the academy to the starting line-up is “pleasing.”

Lingard has featured in 19 Premier League games for Manchester United in the current campaign, providing four goals and two assists, and has seems to be playing his best football under the caretaker manager.

Solskjaer, who previously worked with Lingard during his time as reserve coach at Old Trafford, praised the England international not just for his qualities, but also how flexible he is positionally:

“Jesse’s got energy, a steel about him,” Solskjaer told the press ahead of his sides clash with Burnley tonight at Old Trafford.

“He can play in different positions; in a midfield three, up front, either side [wing], and he knows this club.

“Sometimes in training you see him and Marcus [Rashford] linking up with Mason [Greenwood], Chongy [Tahith Chong], the young kids. It’s lovely to watch.

“I’m so pleased for him; his development has been fantastic.”

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