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Gary Neville backs Ralf Rangnick over Jesse Lingard decision

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Gary Neville weighs in on Jesse Lingard debate.

Gary Neville has said that he doesn’t ‘get the fuss’ over Ralf Rangnick’s decision not to grant Jesse Lingard an Old Trafford send-off against Brentford on Monday.

Lingard looks set to leave Manchester United on a free transfer this summer, having spent over 20 years at the club since joining the academy at the age of seven.

The imminent departure of the midfielder has been marred by a back-and-forth between his brother Louie Scott and the club, with Scott branding interim manager Rangnick’s decision not to play Lingard on Monday as ‘classless.

Rangnick hit back on Friday by suggesting to reporters that he has given opportunities to Lingard while claiming that the 29-year-old asked to be omitted from a recent draw against Chelsea.

Ralf Rangnick on Jesse Lingard.

“I think in the last couple of weeks under my tenure he has played far more games than he used to before I came,” the German coach said.

“Number two: on game day against Chelsea he contacted me in the hotel and asked me to release him from the game and to also release him from the training session the following day and two days after the Chelsea game for personal family reasons. And I also allowed him to do that.

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