The duo each began in United’s 1-1 draw away in opposition to Club Brugge in the final 32 of the Europa League, although they didn’t even make the bench for Sunday’s Premier League conflict with the likes of Tahith Chong and Odion Ighalo most popular.
Both Lingard and Pereira have had their performances questioned this season, however Solskjaer insists he is simply managing his choices.
Asked about Pereira and Lingard’s absences, Solskjaer instructed MUTV: ‘We’ve picked a squad of 18 that we felt it was the best 18 right here.
‘We’ve acquired cowl on the bench for wide-men, forwards, midfielders and defenders in order that was a choice I made.’
On the modifications to his squad, and Mason Greenwood’s fast restoration, he instructed the Premier League: ‘Yeah, Mason stayed home, he didn’t journey to Brugge, however he feels okay immediately.
‘Victor [Lindelof] has recovered. Eric [Bailly] played really well down at Chelsea but we need to manage him properly and then give him time to recover in between. But that’s an enormous plus for us having Eric again.’
Scott McTominay additionally returned to the matchday squad after his lengthy lay-off and Solskjaer believes it speaks volumes that he has come again to health so shortly.
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“Scott’s recovered actually shortly. Heâs been doing every thing to get again and heâs trying stronger and faster.
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He added: ‘It says everything about him [McTominay] that he played a full half [vs Newcastle on Boxing Day] with a torn ligament — he’s recovered actually shortly.
‘He’s been doing every thing he can to get again. He appears stronger, fitter. He wished to play immediately however we have to handle him correctly as properly.’