Gary Neville says he does not understand fuss over lack of farewell for Lingard

There has been plenty of talk about Jesse Lingard’s lack of Old Trafford farewell and now Gary Neville has had his say on Twitter.

Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic got to say their goodbyes to the home fans but Lingard was an unused substitute in Monday’s 3-0 win over Brentford.

Ralf Rangnick had his say at his pre-match press conference, saying that he had a tough decision to make and that he does not pay attention to what is posted on social media.

Now, Neville has tweeted about the situation, in response to what Rangnick said before today’s meeting with Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

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Neville tweet about Lingard

He said he does not understand the fuss around Lingard not getting a final runout at Old Trafford as he has seen far better players than Lingard in the same situation.

Lingard’s brother launched a blistering attack on the club after Monday’s game, saying it was ‘classless’ for Lingard not to get on.

It is not 100 per cent clear who Neville is referring to but Roy Keane had a sudden departure and did not get a chance to get a proper send off.

Neville tweet about Lingard

As a club, United probably need to stop looking back so much at the Sir Alex Ferguson era and start looking forward, but during the Scot’s reign, there was a ruthless desire to keep refreshing the squad.

Some players got farewells if it fell that way, but the most important thing was that the team remained hungry, fresh and evolving.

Lingard is an academy product who has scored crucial goals for United, but as Neville says, he has also run his contract down.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said back in October that there was a contract offer on the table from United to Lingard and he has chosen not to sign it and will now move on this summer, with Newcastle strongly linked.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.