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Man Utd: Rangnick reveals bizarre reason behind Martial’s absence

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The French forward has made a fresh effort to force a move away from Man United.

Aston Villa held Manchester United to a 2-2 draw in their Premier League battle on Saturday. United saw their two-goal lead evaporate in the final 15 minutes as they suffered another underwhelming result.

Ralf Rangnick’s side came into the match with a host of absentees in their squad, most notably Cristiano Ronaldo. The German manager spoke about Ronaldo’s injury before the match. However, he did not comment on the absence of Anthony Martial until after the game.

Speaking in a post-match interview, the United boss said (via MEN): “He [Martial] didn’t want to be in the squad,

“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.”

What is next for Martial?

Martial is under contract at Old Trafford until 2024. However, he is keen to secure a move away from the club this January. Sevilla were leading the race to sign the 26-year-old. However, they reportedly cannot sign the Frenchman due to his high wages. 

Juventus have recently emerged as a new suitor for Martial. The Serie A giants are keen to find a replacement for Federico Chiesa, who recently suffered a season-ending injury. 

Last month, Rangnick revealed he had spoken to Martial about his potential departure.

“We spoke at length,” the United boss said.

“He explained to me he’s been at Manchester United now for the last seven years and he feels it’s the right time for a change, to go somewhere else.

“I think in a way this is understandable, I could follow his thoughts but on the other hand, it’s also important to see the situation of the club. We have Covid times, we have three competitions in which we still have high ambitions and want to be as successful as we can be.

“I told him listen, as long as there is no club showing interest in him, and it should not only be in the interest of the player it should also be in the interest of the club.

“So far, as far as I know, there has been no offer from any other club and as long as this is the case he will stay.”