Before the FA Cup game with Middlesborough, Man United interim coach Ralf Rangnick claimed that Jesse Lingard asked for some time off ‘to clear up his mind’. That’s why the attacker was not in United’s squad for the game on Friday, he added.
However, Lingard disputed that notion on social media.
He tweeted: “The club advised me to have time off due to personal reasons! But my headspace is clear and I’ll always be professional when called upon and give 100 percent.”
Still, Rangnick stuck to his story when asked about it after his side lost to Middlesborough on penalties.
“We were one outfield player less on the team sheet today, so why should I have allowed him to have four or five days off?” the German asked.
“I would have loved to have had him in the squad and be in the squad, but it was not the case and therefore it doesn’t make sense to speak about players who were not available.”
It was not the first time Rangnick said that his player requested to be left off the team before that player denied the claims. Previously, Anthony Martial was in the same situation – just a few days ahead of his loan move to Sevilla.
Unlike Martial, Lingard is staying put at Old Trafford until the end of the season – even though Rangnick has already confirmed that the 28-year-old will be leaving United as a free agent in the summer.