1. Man United manager Ralf Rangnick has hit out at Jesse Lingard following their FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough.
2. Lingard posted on social media that he club had asked him to take time off, not the other way round.
3. However, Rangnick has now hit back at Lingard's claims.
Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has hit back at Jesse Lingard after the England international took to social media to refute claims that he had asked for time off.
Earlier this week, Rangnick suggested that Lingard had asked for time off following his failed move on deadline day.
"Jesse asked if we could give him a couple of days off to clear his mind," the German said. "He will be back in training on Monday and part of the whole squad.”
However, shortly after, Lingard took to social media to dismiss the claims, and wrote on his official Twitter account: "The club advised me to have time off due to personal reasons! But my headspace is clear and I’ll always be professional when called upon and give 100 percent."
But following United's FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough, Rangnick insisted that he wasn't responsible for Lingard's absence from the game.
"We were one outfield player less on the team sheet, so why would I have allowed him [Lingard] to have four or five days off?” he said. “I would have loved to have had him in the squad."
Former United midfielder Roy Keane believes Lingard made a mistake in not leaving Old Trafford last summer.
“He should have gone last summer. End of story," Keane said on ITV ahead of the club's FA Cup clash against Middlesbrough.
“He’s had his chance, he went out and showed what he’s about. He’s a good player, went to West Ham hit the ground running having not played much football but people get bogged on players’ contract if they want to leave on a free, you have to play the games.
“Because at the moment he’s just writing the season off and he can’t afford to do that if he has plans on getting back into the England setup.
“But having said that, there’s an important few months coming up for United, stranger things have happened if he can come back in he’s shown before that he’s got quality.”