Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has explained why Jesse Lingard did not feature in the club's final home of the season.
The Red Devils defeated Brentford 3-0 in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Monday evening, with Lingard failing to get a single minute.
Lnigard is reportedly on his way out of Old Trafford when his contract expires in June, but did not get a send off like Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata who both started against the Bees.
Edinson Cavani, who is also expected to leave, came on for his final appearance at Old Trafford, but Rangnick insists the decision to snub Lingard was part of the game.
"I think in the last couple of weeks under my tenure he has played far more games than he used to before I came," Rangnick said, according to Manchester Evening News.
"On game day against Chelsea, he asked me to release him from the game and to also release him from the training session the following day for personal family reasons. I also allowed him to do that.
"With only three subs, unfortunately, I had to take a decision between bringing on Edinson Cavani or Jesse Lingard, or even the young Alejandro Garnacho, whom I would have loved to have brought on and given a chance after going 3-0 up with 15 minutes to play.
"Had I not brought on someone, maybe someone else might have posted it was classless not to bring on Edinson Cavani or somebody else might have posted 'why didn't the manager bring on the young Alejandro Garnacho?' You have to take a decision and this will not be to the liking of everybody, this is also part of the game."
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