Ian Wright slams Ralf Rangnick over treatment of Man Utd star Jesse Lingard


Ralf Rangnick was without Jesse Lingard for last night's FA Cup defeat against Middlesbrough

Ralf Rangnick was without Jesse Lingard for last night’s FA Cup defeat against Middlesbrough (Picture: Getty)

Ian Wright has accused Ralf Rangnick and Manchester United of causing a pile-on after Jesse Lingard was given permission to miss last night’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Middlesbrough.

The England international took to social media earlier this week to deny his manager’s claim that he had been given permission to ‘clear his head’ following the collapse of his proposed move to Newcastle on transfer deadline day.

It is the second time during his relatively brief time in charge that a player has publicly taken issue with Rangnick’s comments after Anthony Martial denied he had refused to be part of the squad for last month’s game against Aston Villa.

Jesse Lingard had been close to joining Newcastle on loan in the January transfer window

Jesse Lingard had been close to joining Newcastle on loan in the January transfer window (Picture: Getty)

While Martial was subsequently given permission to join Sevilla on loan, Lingard has been forced to remain for the rest of the season, despite appearing to be destined for a bit-part role.

Another breakdown in communications has left former Arsenal striker Wright baffled and he believes United have failed to offer a ‘duty of care’ to a player who has served them with distinction over a long period.

‘Now, for me, it just seems really strange for Jesse. [He is] somebody that couldn’t hardly make the team here but we saw how hard he worked, went to West Ham and do very well.

‘[He is] somebody who has done well for Man United. The four finals they’ve been in since Sir Alex Ferguson hasn’t been about, He’s played in four and scored in three, everything about him he wants to do well for the club.

So I can’t understand why they’ve come out and said it. He’s had a pile on from people saying he doesn’t want to play for the club. Where is the [duty of care] in that?

‘I think it has been very unfair in respects of what he wants to do, what he is trying to do in respect of maybe he wants to leave the club, he wanted to get a loan move, whatever it is, they denied him the loan move and in a World Cup year, somebody who if he does well might get himself back in the World Cup.

‘There’s a lot of things that really have kind of gone wrong from both sides if you look at things, because he needs to play. Obviously he needs to play and I think he thought he was going to get to go on loan.’

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