Manchester United players are reportedly unhappy with Ralf Rangnick over the way he has treated Jesse Lingard at Old Trafford.
The England international was not part of the Man United squad that crashed out of the FA Cup on Friday following an 8-7 defeat on penalties to Middlesbrough.
Lingard was strongly linked with a loan move away from Manchester United last month but United and Rangnick blocked the midfielder from leaving for some obvious reason.
Ahead of the Middlesbrough clash, Rangnick said in his press conference that Lingard requested for a few days off in order to clear his head after his failed move to Newcastle United.
‘He [Jesse Lingard] asked me and the club if we could give him a couple of days off just to clear up his mind and he will be back in the group, I suppose, next Monday, back for training and then be a regular part of the whole squad again,’ Rangnick revealed in the lead up to the match.
The 29-year-old midfielder responded to the claim on Twitter, stating the opposite of what Ralf Rangnick had said earlier.
Lingard tweeted: ‘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.’
Regardless of Jesse Lingard’s own story, the Manchester United interim manager after the disappointing result vs Middlesbrough stood firm on his initial claim.
‘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?’ Rangnick said.
‘I would have loved to have had him in the squad.’
According to The Mirror, the saga playing out in public has not gone down well with some of the United players and the German boss now faces a fresh dressing room revolt.
Lingard becomes the second Man United player behind Anthony Martial who has has misunderstandings with the former RB Leipzig manager.
Rangnick claimed Martial refused to be in the squad against Wolves and just before the clash, the Frenchman took to Instagram to rubbish the claim, insisting that he would never turn down a chance to represent Manchester United.
An insider told the paper: ‘It isn’t the United way to voice these issues in the media.
‘This is a time to stick together, not go public with things that might cause division.’
Jesse Lingard is expected to return to the squad on Monday ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Burnley on Tuesday.