Ralf Rangnick has told his Manchester United players that he would rather they resolve differences with him face-to-face than vent on social media.
Both Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard posted on social media to give their version of events after Rangnick’s comments at press conferences.
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Martial dismissed Rangnick’s claim that he refused to travel ahead of the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa in January, while Lingard disputed asking for time off last week as the coach suggested by German interim.
“I have never read or communicated on these social media accounts,” Rangnick said at a Monday press conference ahead of the trip to Burnley.
“I don’t exist there and I wouldn’t have time to do it so it’s always better and I always communicate directly with the players.
“I did that with Anthony Martial and Jesse but maybe I’m a different kind of generation. My generation didn’t grow up with that kind of stuff.
“I even remember a time when there was no mobile phone or internet, so for me it’s always better to communicate directly, but again, now is the time to look to the future.
“I know in both cases what I said to the players and what happened, so for me there is no reason to discuss it anymore.”
Lingard will be back in the squad for Tuesday’s Premier League game at Burnley after missing the FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough on Friday.
The 29-year-old is one of four senior players who will be out of contract at the end of the season along with Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Juan Mata but Rangnick says he is unsure if they will all leave the club in L ‘summer.
“It’s way too early to talk about that,” he said. “It’s also a question of what the players want and how the club sees it, but these are not interesting topics or issues for us at the moment.
“For us at the moment it’s about making the most of the season and that’s in the interest of the club, the supporters, our current technical staff but also the players.
“Even if they want to leave at the end of the season, they have the possibility of getting a new offer from any other club, including Manchester United, and that’s much bigger and much higher if they are doing well, playing well and if we are to be successful.”