Ralf Rangnick has admitted he’s been happy with Jesse Lingard, despite transfer talks.
Manchester United’s squad certainly needs to be trimmed down pretty significantly. There are far too many unhappy players currently on the fringes of things at Old Trafford taking up big wages.
Part of Ralf Rangnick’s job is to weed out those players who don’t want to be here and potentially replace them with shrewd signings; something which the German has made a career out of.
One man whose future remains up in the air is Jesse Lingard. The Englishman is constantly being linked with a move away.
After a loan spell with West Ham last season, during which Lingard excelled, he’s come back to United and remained firmly rooted to the bench. However, Rangnick has nothing but admiration for the homegrown product.
Rangnick was full of praise for the United star who may well leave this month, admitting that he’s a ‘really good player’ who is clearly still giving absolutely everything in each and every training session.
Check out what the gaffer had to say in full here:
“With regard to Jesse, it’s the same as with quite a few other players,” Ralf said, per ManUtd.com.
“He’s a really good player, I see that in every training session. For me it’s normal that other clubs like, for example, Newcastle show interest in him.
“I’m not the one who is dealing with that. I know there might be some interest from other clubs but if you ask me now what will happen in the next 10 days until the closure of the window, I can’t answer that question I’m afraid.”
One thing you can never question is Lingard’s attitude and application. He loves this club, just like each and every one of us.
It’s just a massive shame it hasn’t quite worked out for him at Old Trafford of late. The dressing room is star-studded and it was always going to be tough for the Warrington-born-winger to force his way into the starting line-up on a regular basis.
In hindsight, both he and United are probably regretting not letting him head to West Ham on a permanent basis – as he was absolutely flourishing there last campaign.
Now, at aged 29, Lingard just wants to be playing regular football. As things stand, it looks as though Lingard will get the pick of a whole host of clubs on a free transfer when the summer rolls around.
Until then, though, a loan move away may well be in the best interests of everyone…
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