Martial refused to be in Man Utd squad, says coach Rangnick

Martial refused to be in Man Utd squad, says coach Rangnick

16/1/2022 3:12:00 AM

Martial refused to be in Man Utd squad, says coach Rangnick

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial refused to be included in the squad for Saturday's 2-2 Premier League draw at Aston Villa, said interim manager Ralf Rangnick.The 26-year-old has started only two league games this season and has not featured since a 3-2 win over Arsenal on Dec. 2. The Frenchman's

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial refused to be included in the squad for Saturday's 2-2 Premier League draw at Aston Villa, said interim manager Ralf Rangnick.The 26-year-old has started only two league games this season and has not featured since a 3-2 win over Arsenal on Dec. 2. The Frenchman's representative said this month that Martial wanted to secure a move nL4N2TC0FQ in January to get more game time.

But with United struggling for players with absences due to injuries, COVID-19 and the Africa Cup of Nations, Rangnick asked Martial if he wanted to be involved for the Villa game."He didn't want to be in the squad," the coach told a news conference."He would have been in the squad normally, but he didn't want to and that was the reason why he didn't travel with us yesterday."

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The 26-year-old has started only two league games this season and has not featured since a 3-2 win over Arsenal on Dec. 2. Ronaldo had muscular problems, while Maguire and Jones were also injured. The Frenchman's representative said this month that Martial wanted to secure a move nL4N2TC0FQ in January to get more game time. Coutinho was immediately involved though and 10 minutes later he played a big part as Villa got themselves back into the match with a well-worked goal struck home by Jacob Ramsey. But with United struggling for players with absences due to injuries, COVID-19 and the Africa Cup of Nations, Rangnick asked Martial if he wanted to be involved for the Villa game. "I think they will be available," Rangnick told reporters on Friday. "He didn't want to be in the squad," the coach told a news conference. "So he's got to get used to understanding what it takes to be a full-time year-round international cricketer and playing that extra day, five days of test cricket.

"He would have been in the squad normally, but he didn't want to and that was the reason why he didn't travel with us yesterday. "So as it seems now we have to wait for the final training session this afternoon but as it seems right now they should be available for tomorrow. The draw left United in seventh place with 32 points from 20 games, five behind fourth-placed West Ham United with a game in hand, after picking up only five points from their last four league games." Premier League clubs are allowed to select up to nine substitutes, but United only named eight at Villa Park - two of them goalkeepers in Dean Henderson and Tom Heaton. Martial signed a new contract in January 2019 that expires in 2024. The German stressed the need for his team to strike the right balance between defence and attack, adding they were a"work in progress". He has scored 79 goals in 268 games for United. He had never scored or even assisted a goal in seven Premier League appearances against United while at Liverpool. (Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Leslie Adler) Source: Reuters . Rangnick also urged goalkeeper Dean Henderson and midfielder Donny van de Beek to stay at the club until the end of the season, amid media reports that they want to leave during this month's transfer window in search of more game time.