Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has finally revealed why he did not release Jesse Lingard. According to the manager, he said that the decision to keep Lingard at Old Trafford was partially driven by Mason Greenwood’s current unavailability. The situation was part of the discussions around Lingard on deadline day when Newcastle United and West Ham were interested in signing him.
Ralf Rangnick Reveals Why Lingard was not Sold Out
He said Lingard did not get the move he wanted because of the Greenwood situation. The manager said: “Three weeks ago Jesse didn’t want to leave and then he changed his mind.” “I said at the time if he finds a club and a solution that suits us, we would allow him to leave. With the developments in the last couple of days, things changed.”
Ralf Rangnick also said: “On Monday afternoon, the board said they wanted him to stay. We are without a player who has played regularly and also we couldn’t get an agreement for any other club.” Jesse Lingard has however asked for some days off “to clear his head” and would miss Friday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Middlesbrough.
Rangnick also confirmed striker Edinson Cavani would miss the Middlesbrough game after being granted some extended time in Uruguay following their recent World Cup qualifiers. The goodness for the team is that Paul Pogba is set for a comeback after recovering from a groin injury that has kept him out since the beginning of November. The manager made clear that Pogba will be part of the travelling team.