Marcus Rashford angry at Man Utd over Jesse Lingard with Newcastle move all but dead

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Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is reportedly unhappy over the treatment of his friend and teammate Jesse Lingard. Boss Ralf Rangnick proclaimed at the start of the month that any departures would have to be ‘right for the club’ – and Lingard has seemingly discovered that at his own expense, with a prospective loan move to Newcastle on the verge of collapse. 

The 29-year-old clearly felt as though his form on loan at West Ham last campaign warranted another crack at breaking into the XI of his boyhood club. 

Despite summer interest after notching nine goals in 16 games for the Hammers, Lingard opted to stay at Old Trafford and fight for a starting spot. 

Things haven’t exactly gone to plan, and two goals in nine Premier League appearances is all he can boast this term. 

With his thirties creeping closer, the midfielder supposedly feels as though regular football is now a priority and United are currently unable to offer it. 

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According to The Daily Mail, Rangnick and Co already blocked Lingard’s exit this month when approaches from West Ham and Tottenham were seen as too dangerous to their top-four hopes. 

Elsewhere, The Magpies expressed an interest in taking him on loan until the end of the season as they battle to avoid relegation. 

But claims that the total financial outlay of the deal would set Newcastle back £1million-per-week looks to have put the Tyneside club off and left Lingard and his allies furious. 

The Mirror claim that Rashford, who is in Dubai with Lingard on a mid-season break, has not reacted well to United’s reluctance to let Lingard leave this month. 

A source close to the player added: “United are petrified of Jesse going elsewhere, playing really well and showing them up.

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“They don’t want a repeat of what happened at West Ham last season, when he scored nine goals and almost helped get them into the Champions League.

“Jesse is popular with the United players and they feel for him.

“The way the club are treating Jesse, given how long he’s been at United, is sending out the wrong message to the rest of the squad.

“It says everything about the current state of United that Jesse wants to go to play for a club near the bottom of the Premier League, rather than stay where he is.”

The Red Devils seem to be playing hardball with all of their potential departees this January, with Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek also running into complications. 

The former was finally allowed to join Sevilla on loan this week when the Spanish outfit caved into demands to pay his hefty wages. 

Crystal Palace will reportedly have to do the same to land van de Beek, who is in a similar boat to Lingard in terms of their lack of first-team minutes. 

Whether Rangnick and the rest of United’s transfer team will cave into the pressure from Lingard, Rashford and the rest of those who feel that the England international is being treated unfairly, remains to be seen. 

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