Ralf Rangnick says there is “no problem” between him and Jesse Lingard, who is in Manchester United’s squad to face Burnley on Tuesday night.
Lingard was ruled out of Friday’s FA Cup fourth round loss to Middlesbrough after United’s caretaker manager said the forward needed some time off to “clear his mind”.
But Lingard took to social media soon after to contradict Rangnick’s comments, insisting the ‘headroom is clear’ despite being barred from the United board. leave in January amid interest from Newcastle and West Ham.
Despite the public disagreement, Rangnick says the pair have a “very good relationship” and the 29-year-old is now back in the squad, along with Edinson Cavani for Tuesday’s visit to Burnley in the Premier League.
The club advised me to leave for personal reasons! But my headspace is clear and I will always be professional when called upon and I will give 100%
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) February 3, 2022
Asked about the availability of Lingard and Cavani for the trip to Turf Moor, the German said: “Both are available and they will both be part of the squad for tomorrow’s game at Burnley.
“Both are top professionals and both have trained well.
“As far as Jesse is concerned, I have a very good relationship with him. He knows that I would have been willing to let him go, at least until the issue with Mason (Greenwood) arose. All the others things have been mentioned. [Lingard] mentioned some personal issues.
“But we have to look to the future now. There is no problem between me and Jesse, and vice versa.
“I’m happy to have him in the squad and he will be a member of the squad for tomorrow’s game.”
Part of the reason Lingard is staying at Old Trafford is the situation involving Mason Greenwood, which Rangnick alluded to in his pre-match press conference.
Greenwood, who was arrested last month on suspicion of rape and assault on a woman, has been released on bail pending further investigation and remains suspended by United.
Rangnick mined again?
It is the second time in recent months that a Manchester United player has offered a different version of events to Rangnick via social media.
Last month, Anthony Martial denied a claim by Rangnick that he refused to make the squad for a Premier League game at Aston Villa.
Rangnick said “he didn’t want to be on the team”. Martial later said on Instagram that he would “never refuse to play a game for Man United”.
Ornstein: Man Utd-Lingard situation ‘an absolute mess’
The differences between Lingard and Manchester United should never have entered the public domain, according to David Ornstein of Athleticismwho still believes the 29-year-old has a role to play at Old Trafford despite his falling out with his manager.
“I’m not surprised to see Lingard react the way he did because the initial shot was fired when Rangnick went public. Lingard has every right to defend himself and if he feels his situation needs to be clarified, he will,” Ornstein said.
“It’s an absolute mess. After Martial’s comments, we have another senior Manchester United player and international seemingly at odds with his club, particularly the manager, although I’m not sure the manager is the target. clear, it was the hierarchy above Rangnick who blocked the loan offered by Lingard before the transfer deadline.
“This public disagreement is not healthy for anyone at United, it really should be worked out behind the scenes. If there are any personal or mental health reasons at play, it really should go on and be worked out in the background.
“For all intents and purposes, Lingard will be leaving Manchester United as a free agent this summer. He wanted to go in January, it probably should have been sorted out by then. Maybe United now see the repercussions and that is rather ugly.
“With Donny van de Beek and Martial leaving on loan, and the issues surrounding Mason Greenwood, there is a very good chance Lingard will get some playing time.
“We don’t know exactly what happened behind the scenes, but if Lingard is to stay at United until the summer before some kind of redundancy, it would be appropriate for all parties to reinstate him, build bridges, to repair some of the damage and get him back on the team.
“He’s a valuable asset to Manchester United, he has a unique skill set that they could do with. It doesn’t need to be as acrimonious as it has been so far. It’s really Manchester United to step in, talk to Lingard, and hopefully find an amicable solution.”
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