Rangnick responds after Lingard's brother launches blistering attack on United

Following Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Brentford on Monday night, Jesse Lingard’s brother launched a blistering attack on the club.

Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Edinson Cavani were handed the chance to have farewells at Old Trafford but Lingard remained on the bench.

United were branded ‘classless‘ by Louie Scott, as Lingard winds down his time at Old Trafford, which has lasted 20 years as he came through the ranks at the club.

At his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Brighton, Ralf Rangnick was asked about Lingard and his brother’s reaction on Instagram and given his chance to respond.

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Rangnick responds to Lingard’s brother’s attack

“To start with, I think in the last couple of weeks under my tenure, he has played far more games than he used to before I came,” said Rangnick. “Number two, on Thursday, he contacted me in the hotel to ask me to release him from the game and also to release him from the training sessions one or two days after for some personal family reasons.

“I also allowed him to do that. This was also the reason with three subs, I had to take a decision, between bringing on Edinson Cavani or Jesse Lingard. Or even the young Alejandro Garnacho, who I would have loved to bring on and give him a chance after being 3-0 up with 15 minutes to play.

“I took the decision to bring on Edinson for the reasons I just explained. If I hadn’t brought on Cavani, perhaps someone else would have posted that it was classless. Or someone else might have asked why the manager didn’t bring on the young Alejandro Garnacho?

“With only three subs and one already done, you have to take a decision and this will not be to the liking of everybody. I’m not on Instagram or Facebook. With social media, there is always somebody posting something, and it is important for anybody in the club not to take too much notice, unless it is the player himself, then it is a different story.”

Rangnick responds to Lingard’s brother’s attack

Rangnick could have put Lingard in the team if he wanted to or made sure he got him on.

It doesn’t seem like relations with Lingard and Ralf Rangnick are great, with the pair clashing over ‘time off’ granted to the player in February after his loan move was denied.

Lingard has so far not bitten back to speak about the time Rangnick has said he has given the midfielder off in recent games.

It does not seem hugely likely that Lingard will be playing more under Rangnick now, and the Englishman could have played his final game for his boyhood club.

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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.