Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard has made six appearances in the Premier League this season, including four starts.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been using him in an attacking role, but the England international is yet to register a goal or an assist in the league.
He’s managed one assist in 2019 and his last league goal for the Red Devils came in the Norwegian’s first game in charge against Cardiff City last December.
The 26-year-old has been subjected to heavy criticism from a section of Manchester United fans, even though he has received support from his manager.
Former Wolverhampton Wanderes manager Ståle Solbakken, who is currently managing FC Copenhagen has launched a scathing attack on Lingard.
“I can’t remember the last time he played a good match. He really is an Achilles heel for that Manchester United team,” Solbakken told TV2.
“He is supposed to be in the space, feeding the striker with smart passes, run from deep positions, have an important and free role. However, he never combines with his teammates or makes those deep runs.”
Lingard was replaced by Fred in the second half during United’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Monday and Solbakken was critical over his role at the club.
“When he was replaced, I wondered ‘did you see him?’ It’s not the first time. I can’t see his personality or what he’s adding. He is not a player Solskjaer can have in a central role in the long term,” he explained.
Apart from Lingard, Solskjaer can use Juan Mata and Angel Gomes to play behind the striker.