SOLSKJAER EXPLAINS WHY JESSE LINGARD STARTED AGAINST WOLVES

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to start Jesse Lingard in the 2-1 FA Cup quarter final defeat to Wolves on Saturday night.

The England international has not featured for Manchester United since coming off injured against Liverpool in the Premier League three weeks ago, but returned alongside Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in a front three for United at Wolves.

Ander Herrera, who has also been out injured since the draw against Liverpool, started against Wolves as Solskjaer named a strong lineup.

Before the game against Wolves, Solskjaer explained why he started Lingard against Wolves: “We are looking better. Of course, Romelu [Lukaku] has had a foot injury so we will miss him today but hopefully Anthony, Jesse and Ander will be okay.

“Jesse gives us that extra bit of energy, a change of tempt in the last third, he has got loads of energy, pace, quick combinations.

“Of course we hope they are going to find themselves today – Anthony, Rashy, Jesse, Paul [Pogba] – if we can get some combinations through them.”

Speaking to BBC One, Solskjaer added: “There are no worries over Ander and Jesse.

“They’ve had a good week now. I thought about risking them last week against Arsenal but it was a bit too early. Now they should be ready.”