Solskjaer lauds Lingard & De Gea for their display against West Ham

Sun 19 September 2021 | 18:07

The winger went from fall guy to hero for the Red Devils, who won against West Ham to redeem their midweek setback in the Champions League.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted to see

Jesse Lingard

respond to his naysayers by delivering the game-winning goal in Sunday's 2-1 victory over West Ham. 

When he scored in the 89th minute of the

Premier League

match, the England international came off the seat to help Man Utd secure three points. 

Lingard's imposing performance came just days after he was widely chastised for a blunder that caused his side's downfall in their

Champions League

loss to Young Boys in midweek.

Since his return from an excellent loan spell at West Ham last season, Solskjaer has been happy with the 28-year-old's response and contribution to the Old Trafford outfit. 

"I think today was a good answer! Jesse was quite clear he wants to fight for his place and be part of a Manchester United team that is going places," he said at a press conference.

"I can't speak for Jesse now but he's really contributing, he'll play on Wednesday as I'll make a few changes. So pleased he handles the highs and lows really well.

"He's becoming a grown man and is a very good player."

He added:

"I'm so happy for Jesse, he had a tough evening on Tuesday, he knuckled down, he's a positive lad, so happy for him. A good turn by Jesse, good finish


Lingard was not the Red Devils' sole hero. 

To guarantee his team's victory,

David De Gea

had to make the jump in stoppage time to save a penalty from Mark Noble. 

De Gea had gone five years without stopping a penalty kick, having let up 40 before Noble's attempt was saved. 

Solskjaer confesses he did not anticipate the goalkeeper to save the penalty, stating:

"I believe in David and I've seen him, he saved against Crystal Palace last season, and his foot was a little inch off the line. 

"I've seen Mark Noble score so many penalties, you did feel down and out and expected to come home with one point but luckily David has continued his good form."

Throughout the game, United had a couple of penalty calls overturned. 

Cristiano Ronaldo had two spot-kick requests rejected by the referee during the game's frantic final minutes.

"Cristiano should have had two, the first and the third, penalties for me," Solskjaer said.

"I think they're stonewall you can't even argue them," he added.

"I think the first one the lad puts his leg up Cristiano runs straight and is fouled. The last one, Paul Pogba had a foul against Kurt Zouma went over him, so why is Cristiano third appeal not a penalty?"


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