Jesse Lingard: Man Utd’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick responds to criticism from midfielder’s brother over lack of Old Trafford | Football news
Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick has dismissed criticism from his brother Jesse Lingard after he refused to let the midfielder leave Old Trafford before Brentford.
United’s caretaker manager has given Juan Mata and Phil Jones, expected to leave this summer, one last appearance in front of a home crowd in the final home game of the season on Monday. .
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But Lingard, who is out of contract at the end of the season, was left on the bench when Rangnick brought in Edinson Cavani – a decision his brother called “classless” on social media.
Responding to that criticism, Rangnick said: “First of all, in the last couple of weeks under me, he’s played a lot more games than he’s ever played before.
“Secondly, on the day of the match against Chelsea (April 28), he asked me to take him off the game and train the next day for personal family reasons.
“And here’s why. With only three substitutes, I had to make a decision between Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard, or the young player (Alejandro Garnacho) who I loved so much to come on and give the opportunity. into the field.”
“I’ve decided to pick Edinson. If I hadn’t brought Edinson, someone else might have asked if it’s classy not to bring in Cavani or Garnacho. You have to make a decision and it’s not going to go your way. of everyone and this is part of the game.”
‘Ten Hag and I will talk at the end of the season’
Rangnick said he has agreed to interview United’s incoming manager Erik ten Hag at the end of the season and promises a change at Old Trafford this summer.
Ajax coach Ten Hag is fighting for his third Eredivise title in four years, with only three games of the season left and PSV breathing hard, the Dutchman doesn’t want to lose focus.
“We’ll definitely talk at the end of the season,” Rangnick said. “Both Erik and I want to focus on the standout games.
“He has three games left to play and will do everything to try to win titles and tournaments in the Netherlands, and we have agreed that we will chat and talk about everything at the end of the season. “
Rangnick added: “Erik needs to tell the board which players he wants to work with.
“But I’m optimistic that with the right new players plus the players that are already here, the path can be very positive and this is what we will try to achieve.”