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.
“And this was the reason with only three subs, unfortunately – in the other leagues you have five subs – I had to make a decision between bringing on Edinson Cavani or Jesse Lingard, or even the young Alejandro Garnacho, whom I would have loved to have brought on and given a chance after going 3-0 up with 15 minutes to play. But I took the decision to bring on Edinson for the very reasons I just explained to you.”
I don’t get the Lingard fuss at all. I saw far better players than him not get a perfect send off. He wants to leave, he wanted a free transfer. He’s got it. Move on. https://t.co/mAUSylX9uJ
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) May 6, 2022
Gary Neville on Jesse Lingard.
Former Man United defender Neville, who has been outspoken on the attitude of some of the club’s players this season, has backed Rangnick in a post on Twitter, in which he said the following:
‘I don’t get the Lingard fuss at all. I saw far better players than him not get a perfect send-off. He wants to leave, he wanted a free transfer. He’s got it. Move on.’
Despite Man United fans usually warming to academy products, Lingard has always been a divisive figure among the Old Trafford fanbase.
He will be remembered for scoring cup final goals at Wembley in both the FA Cup and League Cup, but also for some of his activities off the pitch, such as posting bizarre videos on social media.
Neville does have a point about a number of players leaving Man United without saying goodbye to fans at the end of trophy-laden careers, and it is something that is just part of the game.
Despite missing out on a final home appearance, Lingard could have an opportunity to say farewell to Man United’s away support in their final two games of the season against Brighton and Crystal Palace.