Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is optimistic the hamstring injury Jesse Lingard sustained with AZ Alkmaar in Manchester Uniteds goalless draw isnt as severe as initially feared.
Lingard, omitted from the newest group of Gareth Southgate, hobbled off the throw at the Cars Jeans Arena in stoppage-time, leaving United to complete the stalemate at the house of ADO Den Haag – AZs temporary home – .
With Uniteds attacking alternatives already threadbare, Solskjaer can ill afford the loss of another forward to harm before a streak of six away games in seven – starting with Sundays trip live on Sky Sports.
But, speaking after the draw against AZ, the United boss suggested Lingards withdrawal was sterile.
Jesse tweaked his hamstring, he didnt believe he can risk it, Solskjaer stated. Hopefully it is not too bad
After the alarming away kind of United took a turn for the worse at The 20, solskjaer delivered his reassuring message.
United didnt register a shot as their winless streak on the street.
However, an optimistic Solskjaer insisted that he was happy with Uniteds screen, adding:Its a fantastic point away from home against a tricky opponent onto a challenging surface.
We never got to grips with the astroturf before the second half, at the first half it takes some the time to acquire control of the ball and the game.
But Im happy with the boys. The debut of Brandon [Williams], excellent. You cannot see any nerves, he is so brave, a excellent defender and brave when taking the ball and going forward.
There are lots of games we can and should have won, so I dont believe it [the 10-game winless streak] is a problem.
Now we have a fantastic point away from home, if you buy a point from the group and get your home games youll go through.
Solskjaer was impressed with the officiating in Holland, arguing when Alkmaar defender Stijn Wuytens brought down in the region Marcus Rashford, his side was denied a clear penalty.
It ought to have been a win, the Norwegian added. I am fed up talking about penalties we ought to have had, Arsenal on Monday and today.
you cannot get that choice wrong in soccer. The linesman looks straight at the tackle Marcus and his foot was wiped by the defender .
Its a lousy decision, unfortunately we didnt get it, however theres no point me whining. Therell come a stage when these decisions move our way, thats my consistently positive belief.
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