Manchester United boss Solskjaer played Lingard against Wolves on Saturday in their 2-1 FA Cup defeat.
The England international has been in fine form in recent times ever since Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho as manager back in December.
Lingard was abject, though, as Manchester United saw their hopes of FA Cup glory fade away on a chastening night at Molineux.
And a Lingard insider, according to the Manchester Evening News, believed Solskjaer misjudged the situation.
It is claimed that the source thought Solskjaer took a ‘massive risk’ in playing the 26-year-old.
And the insider also was ‘amazed’ that the 46-year-old chose to throw Lingard on in the deep end.
The England international appeared off the pace against Wolves, baulking at some of the physical challenges the match offered.
And that cost United, who were put to the sword by goals courtesy of Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota.
Solskjaer, meanwhile, explained his decision to play Lingard before the game.
“We are looking better,” he said when quizzed on injuries.
“Of course, Romelu [Lukaku] has had a foot injury so we will miss him today but hopefully Anthony, Jesse and Ander will be okay.
“Jesse gives us that extra bit of energy, a change of tempt in the last third, he has got loads of energy, pace, quick combinations.
“Of course we hope they are going to find themselves today – Anthony, Rashy, Jesse, Paul [Pogba] – if we can get some combinations through them.”
Solskjaer also shut down claims that Lingard and Ander Herrera were not ready to play.
“There are no worries over Ander and Jesse,” he added.
“They’ve had a good week now.
“I thought about risking them last week against Arsenal but it was a bit too early. Now they should be ready.”