Lingard never played in a position Matic could have occupied this season.
not because Pereira and Lingard were preferred over Matic. They don't even play the same position. Get over it.
Missed a lot of clueless posts here I see from @Bilbo @thepolice123 and @POFYou're comparing apples with oranges here. Might as well say he wasn't playing because Dan James was preferred over him. It proves none of these points you are trying to make.
I'll ask the 3 of you the same question I asked earlier. If you have: Pogba, McTominay, Matic & Lingard available to play this weekend, which 3 do you chose? or Fred, McTominay, Matic, Andreas?
Now you all know full well you play a midfield 3 without tweedle dumb or dee, but keep banging on some bollocks about "they don't even play the same position", what utter garbage.