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Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick has hit back at claims he was wrong to deny Jesse Lingard the chance to say goodbye to Old Trafford.
Lingard is set to leave when his contract expires in June, but the United midfielder was unable to say goodbye to fans after Rangnick left him on the bench for the United’s final home game of the season. club.
Rangnick gave playing time to Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Edinson Cavani – all expected to leave United at the end of the season – but Lingard remained an unused substitute for Monday’s 3-0 win over Brentford.
It prompted Lingard’s brother Louie Scott to hit out at Rangnick on social media, highlighting the 29-year-old’s two decades of service since joining United aged seven in 2000.
Lingard has made just four United starts this season after shining on loan at West Ham in the second half of last season.
But Rangnick insisted his decision not to select the England midfielder against Brentford was nothing personal.
“To start with, in the last two weeks under my tenure, he’s played a lot more games than before,” Rangnick told reporters on Friday.
“Secondly, on the day of the game against Chelsea, he asked me to release him from the game and training the next day for personal family reasons.
“That was the reason. I had to decide between Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard.
“I made the decision to bring Edinson. If I hadn’t brought Edinson, someone else might have asked if there was any class not to bring Cavani.
“A decision has to be made and it will not be to everyone’s taste. It’s part of the game.”
Lingard could be back in contention for United’s trip to Brighton on Saturday, with Marcus Rashford ruled out with bronchitis and Jadon Sancho also a fitness doubt.
Meanwhile, Rangnick has yet to speak to Erik ten Hag, who will arrive from Ajax to take charge next season, about the United squad.
Rangnick plans to discuss the club with his successor at the end of the campaign.
Ten Hag’s Ajax have three more games to play as they try to edge past PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch title race.
“We will definitely talk at the end of the season. Erik and I want to focus fully on exceptional games, he has three to play and will do everything to win the title in the Netherlands,” Rangnick said.
“We agreed that we will have a conversation and talk about everything at the end of the season.”