Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sought to dismiss an outburst aimed toward Jesse Lingard throughout
Manchester United ’s carabao Cup clash with
Manchester city that saw him warn the england international: “One more time and you’re f*cking off”.
The Red Devils boss was caught on camera hollo the warning towards his midfielder within the 58th minute of the semi-final second leg at the Etihad sports stadium.
United had hauled themselves back to the derby contest by that stage, with Nemanja Matic’s first-half strike giving them hope of overturning a two-goal deficit.
In order to push for a second, Solskjaer was searching for his side to take management of proceedings and dictate the tempo.
He was less than impressed with Lingard’s ball retention, however, with one sloppy pass simply before the hour mark permitting city to spring out on the counter and send Raheem Sterling through one-on-one with David de Gea.
Solskjaer made his feelings known to the 27-year-old, who has struggled for form this season, and did end up shipping the out-of-sorts playmaker off within the sixty fifth minute.
Quizzed on his rant towards Lingard on the back of the 1-0 win over city that wasn’t enough to book a final berth at Wembley , Solskjaer said: “Just heat of the moment, once in a while.
“When you lose the ball, make sure we attempt to play additional. And within the next moment him and Victor [Lindelof] grew in confidence and began playing.
“Once in a very while you are going to make mistakes however if you are going to return here and just defend you have no chance.
“Yes, we created one or 2 dangerous moments with the means we tried to play our way out, but that’s the means we want the box to express themselves.
“We ought to do this to unleash the pressure.”
Lingard may now be on borrowed time at United.
He has gone over twelve months without a Premier League goal , along with his last effort within the English top-flight coming back in Solskjaer’s 1st game at the helm against Cardiff in Dec 2018.
Just 2 efforts are recorded by the midfielder this season – against Astana within the Europa League and Tranmere Rovers within the
FA Cup – and questions are asked of his future after linking up with supposed ‘super agent’ Mino Raiola.
He is conjointly on the brink of face further competition for his place from big-money signing Bruno Fernandes.