Anthony Martial did not travel with the squad for Manchester United’s game away to Aston Villa at the weekend. After the game, Ralf Rangnick was asked for an explanation for the forward’s absence. The manager claimed the player did not want to play so he had been left at home.
That same evening, Martial took to social media to refute this claim,
“I will never refuse to play a match for Man United,” he said. “I’ve been here for seven years and I have never disrespected and will never disrespect the club and the fans.”
Ahead of Wednesday night’s game against Brentford, Rangnick has answered questioned in the press conference about the situation.
I’m here now for six weeks and all the things that need to be said I said after, in the press conference. I had a conversation with him on Sunday, and also a conversation about what happened and how I saw the whole situation. The matter is now resolved. He didn’t train yesterday and the day before yesterday. He will probably train today, and after training I will then take the decision if he is nominated or not. Let’s see what will happen.
Martial has revealed through his agent that he wants to leave the club, something he confirmed to Rangnick, and it appears as though the manager has understood that to mean he doesn’t want to play before this January window closes.
Sevilla are the only club who have shown an interest but required United to pay half of his £200,000-a-week salary.