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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful the hamstring harm Jesse Lingard sustained in Manchester United’s goalless draw with AZ Alkmaar will not be as critical as first feared.

Lingard, omitted from Gareth Southgate’s newest England squad, hobbled off the plastic pitch on the Vehicles Denims Area in stoppage-time, leaving United to complete the uninspiring stalemate on the dwelling of ADO Den Haag – AZ’s momentary dwelling – with 10 males.

With United’s attacking choices already threadbare, Solskjaer can unwell afford the lack of one other ahead to harm forward of a run of six away video games in seven – beginning with Sunday’s journey to Newcastle, dwell on Sky Sports activities.

However, talking after the 0-Zero draw towards AZ, the United boss advised Lingard’s withdrawal was precautionary.

“Jesse tweaked his hamstring, he didn’t feel he could risk it,” Solskjaer mentioned. “Hopefully it’s not too bad.”

Solskjaer delivered his reassuring message after United’s alarming away type took a flip for the more severe in The Hague.

United did not register a shot on track for the primary time in a Europa League sport as their winless run on the highway stretched to 10 video games.

However an upbeat Solskjaer insisted he was happy with United’s show, including: “It is a good level away from dwelling towards a troublesome opponent on a troublesome floor.

“We by no means received to grips with the astroturf till the second half, within the first half it took time to get management of the ball and the sport.

“However I’m happy with the boys. The debut of Brandon [Williams], incredible. You can’t see any nerves, he is so courageous, brave when taking the ball and going ahead and an ideal defender.

“There are various video games we may and may have received, I do not suppose it [the 10-game winless streak] is a matter.

“Today we got a good point away from home, if you get a point away in the group and win your home games you will go through.”

Solskjaer was much less impressed with the officiating in Holland, arguing his aspect had been denied a transparent penalty when Marcus Rashford was introduced down within the space by Alkmaar defender Stijn Wuytens.

“It should have been a win,” the Norwegian added. “I’m fed up speaking about penalties we should always have had, Arsenal on Monday and now.

“You can’t get that call fallacious in soccer. The linesman appears to be like straight on the sort out on Marcus and the defender wiped his foot off the ground.

“It’s a bad decision, unfortunately we didn’t get it, but there is no point me complaining. There will come a point when these decisions go our way, that’s my always positive belief.”

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