Martial denies Rangnick’s claim of refusing to make United squad

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Anthony Martial (Getty Images)

Anthony Martial has contradicted Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick’s claim that he refused to make the squad for Saturday’s game with Aston Villa, saying he would “never disrespect the club and supporters”.

Rangnick was forced to leave a place on the substitutes’ bench unfilled for the 2-2 draw after saying Martial had opted out of Birmingham.

“Yeah, he (Martial) didn’t want to be in the team,” Rangnick told reporters after the game.

The 26-year-old France international striker is keen to leave the club, his agent said last week and has been linked with a loan move to Sevilla in La Liga.

However, Martial insisted Rangnick was wrong to say he refused to go to the game as part of the squad.

“I will never refuse to play a game for Man Utd,” he posted on his Instagram account.

“I have been here for seven years and I have never disrespected and I will never disrespect the club and the fans.”

Martial has not played for United since the 3-2 win over Arsenal on December 2 – the last game before Rangnick officially took charge at Old Trafford.

He has started just two Premier League games this season and scored only once.

Martial joined United in 2015 from Monaco but has struggled to maintain a regular first-team spot in recent seasons.

He has fallen down the pecking order at United, who have an array of attacking talent to choose from including Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood.

He is contracted to United until 2024, with the club having the option of a further year.

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