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England boss questions Man United's treatment of Lingard

England boss questions Man United's treatment of Lingard

22 Mar 2019, 15:45

England boss Gareth Southgate says he was surprised to see Jesse Lingard start in Manchester United's FA Cup defeat to Wolves on Saturday. 

Lingard was suffering from a hamstring strain which saw him left out of England squad. However, after 72 hours Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed the England international a start against Wolves at Molineux where he played for 86 minutes. The England boss says United took a risk because the winger had not trained in the build-up to that game. 

“I think in my initial conversation with Jesse, he hadn’t trained before the Wednesday when we were naming the squad. So, obviously, it’s (Manchester) United’s player and they can take a huge risk on Saturday, which I think they did," said Southgate. 

“I didn’t know the plan, whether he was going to be on the bench or starting the game, throughout the week. But he hadn’t trained and I’d seen him come back in the Liverpool game and break down with that injury, so in my mind, he wasn’t ready or at the level to be with us."

“I mean, I was surprised that he started the game, but only because he hadn’t trained. So I guess you would have to talk to United as to why they took that decision.”

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“Having seen him against Wolves, I spoke to him because I wanted to see how he saw it. He felt that although he had played, he was very conscious of it and at risk during the game. He felt that he probably needed another period of training to be fit and strong. In those situations, I’ve known the player long enough that I’ve got to trust his judgment.

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