“He’s disappointed he’s not played more” – Solskjaer gives verdict on Man Utd player. It’s not Van de Beek

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Jesse Lingard is still an important part of his squad despite the wantaway star stalling on signing a new contract.

Solskjaer also admitted Lingard is disappointed he hasn’t played more for Manchester United this season.

“Jesse is training really hard, really well, and he’s ready and available for me,” Solskjaer said.

“He’s disappointed he’s not played more… Jesse is still a important part of this squad, he gives energy to the group every day.

“With contract situations and contract talks, I’ve not been in them very closely so for me Jesse is still a big part of this squad, and he gives energy and quality to the group every day.”

Lingard has made just one start – in the Carabao Cup against West Ham in September – and has spent more time on the pitch for England than he has for United.