Roy Keane baffled by Ralf Rangnick’s comments on Man Utd star



Jesse Lingard celebrates with Harry Maguire for Manchester United’s opener (Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Roy Keane was left confused by Ralf Rangnick’s reasons for handing Jesse Lingard a start in Manchester United’s draw with Leeds.

United emerged as 4-2 winners in a thrilling game at Elland Road as Lingard was handed his first Premier League start for the Red Devils in over two years.

Rangnick explained he handed the England international a rare start because he looked sharp in training, leading to Keane to question the reasons why he’s struggled for game time in recent times.

‘He [Rangnick] said he looked sharp in training, I’m thinking he hasn’t looked sharp for two years in training,’ Keane said before kick-off.

‘But no, we all know Jesse’s a talented boy, there are issues with his contract but what we would give him credit for when he did go out on loan he did hit the ground running as if the lack of match sharpness didn’t affect him.


Jesse Lingard impressed on his rare Premier League start for Manchester United (Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

‘He’s another option for the manager, we’ll know when the game starts [whether he’s a better fit than Anthony Elanga or Marcus Rashford], he’s experienced and a quality player.

‘As we’ve seen when he went out on loan, he got up to speed very quickly so hopefully that won’t be a big problem for him but it’s a good chance for him, particularly with his contract up in the summer.’

Rangnick also suggested Lingard came into the side given United would be required to do a lot of running against Marcelo Bielsa’s high-pressing team.

‘He [Jesse Lingard] looked sharp in training, he’s got a lot of experience. He’s a player who covers a lot of the pitch,’ Rangnick explained.

‘He’s ready, he’s looking forward to the game. That’s what it’s all about.

‘We need to be as aggressive as we can be. I’m not so concerned about out technical abilities, we have to be aggressive in these environments.’

Goals from Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes and substitutes Fred and Anthony Elanga were enough to see off their rivals and consolidate their fourth-place position in the Premier League table.

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