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Owen ‘can’t believe’ Lingard didn’t start

Michael Owen was left in a state of shock by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team selection for Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton, in particular the omission of Jesse Lingard.

United had to settle for a point after Andros Townsend cancelled out Anthony Martial’s opener, and missed out on the opportunity to go top of the Premier League.

Solskjaer’s team selection has been the subject of intense scrutiny, after he made five changes from the midweek Champions League win over Villarreal.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the most obvious omission, but Owen was stunned by the fact Lingard didn’t start, particularly as he only came on as a late substitute on Wednesday, as he told BT Sport afterwards:

“I can’t believe Jesse Lingard’s not…I thought he’d start today.

“I thought Cavani and Lingard would start. They made a big impact when they came on [against Villarreal].

“I couldn’t believe it in midweek when he only got six minutes at the end of the game and still made a huge impact. Every time he steps on the pitch for Manchester United he makes something happen.”

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Jesse Lingard set up the winning goal against Villarreal

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