‘Why does he deserve a send-off? I was thrown away in a TOILET!’: Gary Neville tears into departing Jesse Lingard – and tells Erik ten Hag he has a ‘massive job’ with his ‘disgraceful’ United team-mates
- Gary Neville has slammed the ‘nonsense’ around Jesse Lingard’s Man United exit
- Lingard is set to leave United after 22 years when his deal expires this summer
- He was denied a farewell Old Trafford appearance against Brentford last week
- The 29-year-old’s brother branded United ‘classless’ after his goodbye snub
- But Neville insists Lingard doesn’t have a ‘god-given right’ to a big send-off
Gary Neville has told Jesse Lingard he doesn’t have a ‘god-given right’ to a Manchester United send-off following angry criticism from the departing star’s brother last week.
Lingard, 29, is set to leave Old Trafford upon the expiry of his contract at the end of June, having earned just two Premier League starts in what will prove his final United campaign.
The England star returned from a breathtaking loan spell at West Ham last summer with high hopes of becoming a first-team regular, but after falling out of favour again he is now heading for the exit.
Gary Neville has told Jesse Lingard he doesn’t have a ‘god-given right’ to a Man United send-off
Lingard, who joined the club at the age of seven, was even denied a farewell appearance in United’s final home game of the season against Brentford last week, which sparked a furious reaction from his brother Louie Scott.
In an emotional Instagram post, Scott branded United officials ‘classless’ while saying: ‘No wonder it’s Conference League next year’.
Yet Neville has fired back at the Lingard camp amid their complaints, highlighting the fact that United legends Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce also did not receive send-offs.
‘There was a lot of nonsense spoken about Lingard,’ he said on The Gary Neville podcast.
‘He’s been at the club a long time and done a good job. But I’ve seen Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce not play in their last games for the club and not get a send-off in cup finals.
Lingard is set to leave United upon the expiry of his contract after 22 years at the club
Brother Louie Scott (left) slammed United for not giving him a send-off vs Brentford last week
But Neville has pointed out that club legends Steve Bruce and Bryan Robson were not even given farewell appearances
‘They were both great captains and one of them probably is the greatest captain Manchester United have ever had.
‘They didn’t get the send-off they wanted so I’m not sure why Lingard deserved it.
‘I was thrown away in West Brom in a toilet – sometimes it just doesn’t work out, Jesse!
‘To feel like you’ve a god-given right to get some minutes on the pitch based on how they played. Not one of them, other than David de Gea and Cristiano Ronaldo, can complain about what will happen to them this summer.’
Lingard is one of several players heading for the United exit this summer, with incoming boss Erik ten Hag set to undergo a squad revamp.
Club-record signing Paul Pogba is another player out of contract in July, while Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani will too become free agents.
He also recalled being ‘thrown away in West Brom in a toilet’ when he left the club himself
There are even doubts over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at United, although interim boss Ralf Rangnick is adamant the 37-year-old will be staying put next season.
Ten Hag has a massive job on his hands in 2022/23, which could well involve Europa Conference League football.
Saturday’s humiliating 4-0 defeat away at Brighton has left United hanging onto sixth place by the skin of their teeth, as West Ham can climb above them on goal difference by winning their game-in-hand.
The four-goal thrashing at the weekend marked a new low in what has been a miserable season, and Neville has sent a warning to Ten Hag.
‘It’s been a shocking few months. I can’t wait for the season to end and to stop talking about them,’ he added.
United’s season sunk to a new low in a humiliating 4-0 defeat away at Brighton on Saturday
Neville says incoming boss Erik ten Hag has a ‘massive job to do’ when he arrives this summer
‘I was delighted not to be on the Brighton game before it, during it and after it. I can’t watch them because it doesn’t represent anything that a football club should be, let alone Manchester United.
‘The players are only damaging themselves to a point where the fans won’t forget. They were singing “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” – I have never, ever, heard United fans resort to that chant. That’s a chant you would hear at QPR a few years ago or Sunderland when the fans were walking out.
‘I have never known a United fanbase turn on a team like this one. It’s now really clear the players have thrown the towel in. They really have. It’s been a disgrace for a couple of months. It’s embarrassing.
‘Ten Hag has got a massive job to do.’
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