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Jesse Lingard’s brother Louie Scott has branded Manchester United as ‘classless’ after his sibling was an unused substitute in his final match at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils beat Brentford 3-0 on Monday night in a convincing display that showed glimmers of promise. Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane were all on the scoresheet for United – three players who could be crucial under the management of Erik ten Hag next season.
One player who the soon-to-be United boss won’t meet is Lingard, whose contract expires in the summer. After coming through the academy and rejecting offers from elsewhere to commit his future to his boyhood club, many expected the versatile forward to be able to say his goodbye to the fans on Monday night – but he remained an unused substitute.
And clearly, there was the feeling amongst Lingard’s family that he would be able to play one last time at the Theatre of Dreams as his brother Scott wrote on his Instagram story: “20 years of blood sweat and tears, 4 domestic trophies, 3 cup final goal, not even a farewell. No wonder it’s Conference League next year.
"Attacking players for celebrations when the clubs being sold to the super league ok. Class of 92, Busby Babes, you're ran by people who don't even know the offside trap.
“Classless and the fans need to realise. Goodnight, godbless! Been there since nine years of age and didn't even get a send off!!! Well done bro your family are proud."
Lingard was allowed to leave United on loan last season and put himself back in the frame for England's Euro 2020 squad after a fruitful spell at West Ham. However, when the Hammers tried to sign the 29-year-old permanently, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rejected the move and insisted that Lingard was part of his plans.
He has since made 16 appearances for United in the league, 11 of which under Rangnick, and the writing has been on the wall for a while now. But despite that, many felt that Lingard deserved to play for the final time at Old Trafford – but instead, Edinson Cavani and Phil Jones came on as late substitutes.
It remains to be seen where Lingard will be playing his football next season but it would be no surprise to see him return to West Ham to work under David Moyes again. Newcastle have also been linked with the playmaker and may view the England international as the calibre of player capable of playing a key role in their rise back to the top six of the Premier League.
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