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Solskjaer happy to welcome ‘vital’ Lingard back for United

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Ole Solskjaer has expressed his delight at having Jesse Lingard back in contention for places as Man United face Norwich in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Jesse Lingard is ready to return to the pitch for the Red Devils once again after recovering from injury.

United face Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday with a place in the FA Cup semi-finals up for grabs.

Lingard has not played in either of United’s two matches since the season resumed but is now back in contention, with Solskjaer labeling the 27-year-old as a “vital player”.

“Jesse has come back after the lockdown with a smile on his face, loads of energy,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match news conference via the club’s website. “Unfortunately last week he fell ill for a couple of days, but we have done all the tests and he’s fine now so he’ll be involved against Norwich now.

“Hopefully he can kick on because he’s scored vital goals for us and he is a vital player for us. So let’s see what the future holds because at the moment he is looking really sharp and focused.”

Asides Lingard, Solskjaer also heaped praise on Wan-Bissaka who has had an impressive debut season at Old Trafford.

The defender was lively in United’s last victory and set up one of the goals for Anthony Martial against Sheffield United.

“You saw an exceptional defender when I watched him last season, he had a couple of games especially against [Leroy] Sane against Man City and you think, ‘Wow he’s so hard to go past’,” said Solskjaer.

“Then when we managed to sign him you get to know him, he’s a shy boy, he wants to learn, he listens and he’s providing more and more assists, create chances, crosses – it’s in him, because he’s been a winger.”

During the lock-down, Lingard admitted he’s ready to do more and push himself to the limits when he gets back to action.