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Model and die-hard Man Utd fan Ann Mari Olsen begs supporters to lay off Lingard as he’s named captain for Astana clash

ANN MARI OLSEN has begged supporters to stop abusing Jesse Lingard - despite admitting his "time is up".

The stunning model has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to name him as Manchester United's captain for the clash against Astana.

Olsen, who writes a Manchester United blog and has the Red Devil tattooed on her back, wants the supporters to get behind their struggling star.

Speaking to SunSport, the 31-year-old said: "Lingard deserves to be captain tonight, he has never complained or showed a bad attitude even though he doesn't play regularly.

"Today is really his opportunity to show and get back into the game. He's fit, but he's been out of it a long time.

"With that said, he gets so much abuse and it's embracing [embarrassing] to read what people are saying about a guy that's been in the club since he was a kid."

She also posted a photograph of herself wearing a United kit with Lingard's name on the back to her Instagram page.

The caption read: "Lingard will captain Manchester United today against Astana.

"The guy has definitely had his challenges lately, I hate saying this about a Manchester boy, but I feel his time up for the A team.

"With that said, he is still a red and deserves no abuse, today he will be the experienced player out there and I hope he motivates the young lads!

"Seeing the pictures from training they all look happy and sharp so I'm very excited."

Lingard admitted he is suffering from a drop in confidence as he hit back at "nasty" critics earlier this month.

The 24-cap England international has one assist and no goals in 16 appearances for United this season.

Manchester United are top of Group L after winning three of their four group stage games.

Olsen added: "Solskjaer has done everything correct so far in the Europa League, already qualified so we can rest the players and give the reserves a chance.

"I haven't watched a lot of youth games lately so I honestly don't know what to expect from this team, but seeing youngsters getting their debut is always good."

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