Transcript for part two of Ralf Rangnick press conference before Brentford v Man Utd

Jesse Lingard is out of contract in the summer. There have been times this season where people have felt he should have had more chances from the start. Is he not getting chances as a starter because it seems unlikely that he will stay at the club next season?
“To me it’s important that we always win the next game we play, and it’s also a question of formation. Which is the best possible position for players? We have now decided to play in a 4-3-3 like we played against Aston Villa, with one holding six and two eights, with three offensive players, and there are two positions that he can play. But we also have some competition on those positions. Obviously, he needs to play and train on that kind of level [so] that he’s an option to start. We have a big squad; maybe a little bit too big of a squad. And as far as I know, his contract is expiring in the summer, and the question is what will happen after that four months? Again, he’s a player who can play. I brought him on in the last 10 minutes of the Villa game, together with Donny van de Beek, and he will probably not be available for tomorrow because he didn’t train yesterday and the day before yesterday. He will probably also not train today, because he has an issue with his ankle. This is what I can state.”

On Sancho again, obviously you saw first-hand what Jadon can do. What was he doing then that he’s not doing now, and how can you help to bring that back?
“With those kinds of players, with those kinds of creative, offensive players, it’s all about confidence, about having that confidence, being aware how good they can be, and then showing it in front of 75,000 or 40-45,000 at Villa Park. Of course, in the end he has to do that. He has that step again. In training, as I said, in most training sessions he’s training on a very high level. Now it’s about having the transfer onto the pitch in the league competitions. In the Premier League, in the FA Cup and in the Champions League. He can do that; he has the ability to do that. There is no doubt about that, but now we have to develop him into that kind of player, showing the same kind of performances that he showed at Borussia Dortmund.”

Just on Jadon again, he’s been moved around the pitch under previous managers. No-one really seems to know what his best position is. Do you have an idea on that, or is it still something you’ve got to decide?
“It’s clear that in a 4-3-3 that he’s a player for either of the two wing positions, either left or right. He can play both. I think he would prefer a little bit the left side, because he can then switch inside and have a go on goal or shoot on goal with his strong foot. But for me, there’s no question,  no doubt about his position. He’s a winger. As we say in Germany, he’s somebody who can dribble fast with the ball, and for me it’s not at all a question of which is the best possible position for him.”

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