Not just Lingard: These three Manchester United stars may have been denied Old Trafford farewells too

Jesse Lingard was unhappy when he was left on the Manchester United substitutes bench against Brentford.

Lingard was not selected to come on, and his brother vented a scathing message on Instagram, accusing United of a ‘classless’ decision not to allow him a farewell. The outburst won’t help Lingard, who earlier this year posted images in a West Ham shirt to his social media page, hoping to land a loan move in January.

So while there is a furore around Lingard being snubbed, there were three other Manchester United substitutes who have handled their snubs with a little more grace. With just three substitutes permitted, it was impossible for Ralf Rangnick to please everybody.

All three of these players remain under contract, but could all have played their final games for the club at Old Trafford, and been denied a farewell on the pitch.

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Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson will have envisioned this season panning out very differently to the way this one has. He is set to end the campaign with only three appearances in all competitions, as it stands.

All options are on the table this summer. Erik ten Hag might decide he prefers him as number one. Or he could delay a decision and send him out on loan.

Alternatively, United could decide to cash in on Henderson and sell him permanently, if the right offer arrives, with Ten Hag bringing in his own back-up for De Gea, or trusting Tom Heaton as number two.

Henderson will probably be back among the Manchester United substitutes for the final two league games. It’s possible he is rotated in, but unlikely based on Ralf Rangnick’s choices so far.

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Eric Bailly

Signed in 2016, and agreeing a new contract a year ago, Eric Bailly was left among the substitutes against Brentford, and was not considered an option.

Now with Ralf Rangnick confirming Harry Maguire could return before the end of the season, Bailly’s chances of featuring in the final two matches of the season are diminished further.

Bailly is unhappy at United, ESPN report, having been barely used this season. He has not started a league game in 2022. A summer departure seems inevitable and necessary, and he has played his last Old Trafford game, it just wasn’t against Brentford.

Marcus Rashford

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Could Marcus Rashford’s final Manchester United game at Old Trafford have been last week against Chelsea? After completing just 12 passes, he was dropped to the substitutes against Brentford, and left unused.

The Telegraph report Rashford leaving this summer is a genuine possibility, with both player and club considering that separation may be in both best interests.

This would be a dramatic fall from grace, and for Rashford to go without getting a farewell to his home fans would be unfortunate. Can it really end this way?

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