Lingard injury compounds Manchester United's Europa League frustration

After missing out on the England squad, Jesse Lingard suffered a hamstring injury in action for Manchester United against AZ.

Jesse Lingard sustained a hamstring injury in the Europa League draw against AZ Alkmaar.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United's injury crisis has worsened after Jesse Lingard was forced off with a hamstring issue in the Europa League draw against AZ Alkmaar.

Lingard, who missed out on a call up to Gareth Southgate's England squad on Thursday, came on as a 77th-minute substitute in the goalless stalemate, replacing Mason Greenwood.

However, his cameo lasted just 14 minutes before he had to be withdrawn after pulling up, with the attacking midfielder clutching his right hamstring as United ended the match with 10 men.

The injury compounds another frustrating performance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, which was already shorn of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

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Marcus Rashford – who featured against Arsenal on Monday despite sustaining an injury in the September 22 defeat at West Ham – also came off the bench, and was unfortunate not to win a penalty, with referee Gediminas Mazeika dismissing United's appeals.

Solskjaer revealed it is unlikely Lingard will be available for selection on Sunday, as United aims to end a seven-match winless streak in away league fixtures when it faces Newcastle United.

"I think he felt his hamstring a little bit. I don't think it's too serious," Solskjaer told MUTV. "Probably not Newcastle but he will be ready for Liverpool."

-'Tide will turn for Man Utd'-

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his Manchester United side are on the right track despite another underwhelming result.

United drew 0-0 with AZ in the Europa League on Thursday, following on from a frustrating display in a dismal home draw with Arsenal on Monday.

Solskjaer was left fuming with the referee's failure to award Marcus Rashford a penalty in the second half, while a late injury to substitute Jesse Lingard further compounded the visitors' frustrations.

However, Solskjaer remained upbeat, stating his belief that United can consider the draw a well-earned point rather than two dropped, adding better results, and big moments, will follow if United maintain their current level of performance.

"Very happy with the boys," Solskjaer told a news conference.

"We came away with a good performance, it should have been three points of course because it's a nailed-on penalty. You can't even discuss it.

"[AZ] are a team who have beaten Feyenoord 3-0 away from home. This is a good performance and a good point against a good opponent on a bad surface.

"I couldn’t believe what I saw [with not getting a penalty], same as Arsenal with the handball.

"It's frustrating getting these little things. The boys deserve so much more. It's going to turn at one point and we'll get the decisions and then they'll get the results we deserve.

"If you get your draws away from home and win the home games, you'll be fine."

Solskjaer also confirmed Lingard, who was taken off in the first minute of stoppage time after pulling up with a hamstring injury, will miss Sunday's trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League, furthering United's injury woes, with Paul Pogba ruled out and Anthony Martial also doubtful.

"He tweaked his hamstring, so he didn't feel like he could risk it. But hopefully it's not too bad," Solskjaer added.

"Probably not Newcastle, but [he should] be ready for Liverpool [on October 20]."

In a game of few chances at the Cars Jeans Stadion, United substitute Rashford went to ground under a clumsy challenge from Stijn Wuytens during the closing stages.

After the match, Solskjaer bemoaned a familiar theme of a sapping week – recalling how claims for handball in the box against Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac similarly fell on deaf ears during Monday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

"It's a penalty 101 times out of a 100," Solskjaer told BT Sport.

"How many times this season have we not got penalties? Against Arsenal that would be 2-0, tonight would have been 1-0.

"It would have topped off a very good performance away from home against a very good team. We've come here and should have won."

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