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.

 Ann Mari Olsen has amassed over 78,000 followers on Instagram

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Ann Mari Olsen has amassed over 78,000 followers on InstagramCredit: Twitter@Annmariolsen
 The 31-year-old was born and raised in Norway

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The 31-year-old was born and raised in NorwayCredit: Instagram

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.

 Ann Mari Olsen does not believe Jesse Lingard is fit for the United first-team

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Ann Mari Olsen does not believe Jesse Lingard is fit for the United first-teamCredit: Twitter@Annmariolsen
 The stunner alongside Old Trafford veteran Gary Neville

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The stunner alongside Old Trafford veteran Gary NevilleCredit: Instagram
 The stunning Instagram model has a Manchester United tattoo on her back

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The stunning Instagram model has a Manchester United tattoo on her backCredit: Instagram

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.”

 The die-hard Manchester United fan with club legend Ryan Giggs

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The die-hard Manchester United fan with club legend Ryan GiggsCredit: Instagram
 Jesse Lingard has failed to live up to expectations this season

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Jesse Lingard has failed to live up to expectations this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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