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Owen ‘can’t believe’ Lingard didn’t start

Michael Owen was shocked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad for Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Everton, most notably the omission of Jesse Lingard.

United had to settle for a point after Andros Townsend undone Anthony Martial’s opening game and missed the chance to top the Premier League.

Solskjaer’s squad selection has been the subject of intense scrutiny after he made five changes since the midweek Champions League win over Villarreal.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the most obvious omission, but Owen was aghast at Lingard’s failure to start, especially as he came in as a late substitute only on Wednesday, as he told BT Sport afterwards:

“I can’t believe Jesse Lingard didn’t… I thought he was starting today.

“I thought Cavani and Lingard were going to start. They made a big impression when they came in [against Villarreal].

“I couldn’t believe it halfway through the week when he only got six minutes at the end of the game and still made a huge impact. Every time he steps on the pitch for Manchester United, he makes something happen.”

Jesse Lingard scored the winning goal against Villarreal


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