Manchester United kicked off their pre-season preparations with a 2-1 win over Derby and with a host of regulars missing, Solskjaer was able to check on some of his fringe players
For the first time in 191 days Manchester United fans got a glimpse of Jesse Lingard back in the red of Manchester United.
Not since playing 80 minutes of the FA Cup third round tie vs Watford in January, has the academy graduate had the chance to play for his boyhood club.
Deemed surplus to requirements, Lingard was allowed to join West Ham later that month, in a move that appeared to bring the curtain down on his Old Trafford career.
What happened after that is well known, with the 28-year-old rediscovering his best form while in east London, scoring nine times in the final five months of the campaign.
From a player that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have likely moved on from in his mind, there was suddenly a source of debate both between fans, and those behind the scenes.
A recent report in the Athletic suggested there was a split at the club between those who thought cashing on the £30million-rated star was the right decision and those who think he should be offered a new deal.
But after Solskjaer opted to play the England international in his squad’s opening pre-season fixture against Derby County, he hinted he could yet have a future.
“Jesse has come back, he’s been bright and he wants to fight for his place,” he explained, following the 2-1 win at Pride Park. “There’s nothing better than seeing players willing to fight for their place.
“Of course, what he did towards the end of the season, that is the true Jesse. That’s what we know he is capable of.