RALF RANGNICK has dismissed criticism of his failure to give out-of-contract Jesse Lingard an Old Trafford farewell.
The decision was slammed as ‘classless’ in a social media posting by Lingard’s brother following the final home game of the season against Brentford.
Man Utd interim head coach Ralf Rangnick has been called ‘classless’ by Jesse Lingard’s brotherCredit: Getty
But interim Manchester United boss Rangnick hit back saying: “To start with, in the last couple of weeks under my tenure he has played far more games than he used to.
“Number two; on game day against Chelsea he asked me to release him from the game and training the following day for personal family reasons.
“And this was the reason with only three subs I had to take a decision between Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard, or the young Alejandro Garnacho, who I would have loved to have brought on and given a chance to play.
“I took the decision to bring on Edinson. Had I not brought him on someone might have asked if it’s ‘classless’ not to bring on Cavani or Alejandro Garnacho.
“After two subs, you have to take a decision and this will not be to the liking of everybody and this is part of the game.”
As for the social media posting, Rangnick is just happy not to be on those platforms.
He said: “To be honest, I’m not reading a lot, I’ve not had the time in the last six months to read, I’m not on Instagram, I’m not on Facebook, I’m not engaged in those areas, my focus has been to develop the team.
“In those days with social media there is always somebody posting something and it’s important not to take too much notice of that.”
United travel to Brighton on the back of a 3-0 home win over Brentford which Rangnick feels has lifted the mood at the club.
He said: “I think the last two home games against Chelsea and Brentford, we got four points.
“Against Brentford game it was one of our best games in possession of the ball and I am positive the team will play at the same kind of level at Brighton and in two weeks time at Crystal Palace.
“What I like is they had fun playing together on the pitch and this is exactly the same kind of approach we need for the Brighton game.”
Harry Maguire is back in training after a knee injury and available for selection.