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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Jesse Lingard unhappy with playing time as contract talks halt

The 28-year-old has played 82 combined minutes in the Premier League and Champions League this season, with his only start in all competitions for his club coming in the Carabao Cup.

Lingard’s contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season, with reports suggesting the player will likely pursue a move elsewhere, but Solskjaer has insisted he still sees the player as an important member of the squad.

“He’s certainly disappointed that he didn’t play more, of course,” Solskjaer said.

“As far as his contractual situation and the talks are concerned, I haven’t been very close. For me, Jesse is still a part of this team, an important part, and he gives energy and quality to the group every day.

“Each player wants to play as much as possible. The thing with Jesse and all of my players, they all work really hard, I can’t fault the attitude and they are ready when called.

“Jesse played well when he played for us and with all games to come he knows he’s going to play a role.”

Shortly after Solskjaer made the comments at his press conference, Lingard posted a photo on Instagram of himself celebrating a goal he scored last season for West Ham.

Lingard shone on loan in the second half of last season, scoring nine goals and four assists in just 16 appearances.

However, Hammers boss David Moyes was reluctant to discuss Lingard’s return to London Stadium.

“All I can say is we really enjoyed having Jesse, he made a big contribution to the team and he helped the team,” Moyes said.

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