EPL: Roy Keane confused by Rangnick’s comments on Man Utd star

Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, was left confused by interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s reasons for handing Jesse Lingard a start in their Premier League 4-2 victory against Leeds United on Sunday.

Man United defeated Leeds United 4-2 thanks to goals from Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Anthony Elanga as Lingard was handed his first Premier League start for the club in over two years.

Rodrigo Moreno and Raphinha scored for the hosts at Elland Road.

Rangnick had explained before the kick-off that he handed Lingard a rare start because he looked sharp in training.

But Keane has now questioned the reasons why he’s struggled for game time in recent times.

“He [Ralf Rangnick] said he [Jesse Lingard] looked sharp in training, I’m thinking he hasn’t looked sharp for two years in training,” Keane told Sky Sports.

“But no, we all know Jesse’s a talented boy, there are issues with his contract, but what we would give him credit for when he did go out on loan, he did hit the ground running as if the lack of match sharpness didn’t affect him.

“He’s another option for the manager, we will know when the game starts [whether he’s a better fit than Anthony Elanga or Marcus Rashford], he’s experienced and a quality player.

“As we have seen when he went out on loan, he got up to speed very quickly, so hopefully that won’t be a big problem for him, but it’s a good chance for him, particularly with his contract up in the summer.”

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