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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms injury boost for 26-year-old star ahead of Partizan clash

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Jesse Lingard is available for the forthcoming Europa League clash against Partizan Belgrade on the road.

The England international picked up a hamstring injury during the closing stages of the 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar and he has since missed the league games against Newcastle United and Liverpool.

However, ahead of the Partizan clash, Solskjaer has acknowledged that the attacker is available but he has yet to decide whether over the playing time for the 26-year-old on Thursday.

“It’s fantastic to have him back fit. He’s been so lively and bubbly in training. I don’t know how much game time we’ll give him but he looks like he needs to catch up on lost time,” he told MUTV.

The United graduate has been far from his best over the past 10 months and this has generally led to criticism from a large section of the Manchester United supporters.

Still, Solskjaer has regularly fancied the attacker in the starting XI due to his high pressing and workrate and it won’t come as a surprise, if the Englishman features from the off against Partizan.

United have won just one of the previous six matches across all competitions and that resulted from a penalty shoot-out against Rochdale in the third round of the League Cup.

They head into the Partizan clash with a 11-match winless streak away from home and Solskjaer will be hoping that the recent return of key players will aide in the quest for three points on the road.

Aside from Lingard, Anthony Martial could be handed with a starting role on Thursday after making his injury comeback off the bench against Liverpool over the weekend.

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