MANCHESTER United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has checked on the well-being of Longford’s Jesse Lingard after he and teammate Fred were subjected to alleged racist abuse at Manchester City.

Fred was hit by a missile as he went to take a second-half corner in the 2-1 Premier League victory at the Etihad Stadium, where a fan appeared to aim a monkey gesture at the Brazil international and former William Beamont High School pupil Lingard.

A 41-year-old man was arrested on Sunday in connection with the allegations, before being bailed by police pending further investigation.

"We have spoken with the boys, of course," Solskjaer said. "I think they are the same as me - that this isn't how it should be in football.

"But what we can do is go out onto the pitch next time and prove that we are all equal.

"So, it has been a tough couple of days I am sure for Jesse and Fred, but we just have to help the other people as well to understand their behaviour is important."

Former Penketh United junior Lingard played 89 minutes of Saturday’s Manchester derby before being replaced by Axel Tuanzebe.

Having featured mainly from the substitutes bench this season, 26-year-old Lingard has started United’s past three matches in all competitions, including Premier League wins over City and Tottenham Hotspur.

However, he is not expected to play any part in the Red Devils’ final Europa League group stage game against Dutch side AZ Alkmaar tomorrow after picking up a knock during Saturday’s game.