Gary Neville reacts to Jesse Lingard being denied a farewell at Old Trafford

Jesse Lingard was denied the chance to say his farewells at Old Trafford earlier this week, with the 29-year-old being an unused substitute in the 3-0 win on Monday – the last home game of the season.

Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani and Phil Jones were all allowed to make their Old Trafford bow but Lingard, who has run his contract down despite being offered new terms, was left on the bench.

Ralf Rangnick’s decision to leave Lingard untouched on the sidelines didn’t go down well with the midfielder’s brother, who angrily reacted to it on Instagram.

Rangnick hit back at Lingard’s brother in Friday’s pre-match press conference, insisting that the former West Ham star has had increased opportunities under him.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has now weighed in on the turbulent situation, arguing that Lingard has very little to complain about after getting exactly what he was after – an exit on a free transfer.

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“I don’t get the Lingard fuss at all,” Neville wrote on Twitter, as seen above. “I saw far better players than him not get a perfect send off. He wants to leave, he wanted a free transfer. He’s got it. Move one.”

SN’s verdict…
Childish reactions from Lingard’s camp have become regular occurrences in recent years and this is no exception. Lingard has hardly been a model employee over the last couple of years, with several instances of social media discrepancies proving just that.

One thing’s for sure – United supporters will be glad to see the back of Lingard’s entourage when he eventually leaves at the end of this season.

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