Striker Anthony Martial tells Manchester United he wants to leave Old Trafford

The 26-year-old French forward has made only two Premier League starts this season.
Striker Anthony Martial tells Manchester United he wants to leave Old Trafford

By Phil Blanche, PA

Anthony Martial has told Manchester United he wants to leave.

The France forward has become a fringe figure at Old Trafford, making just two Premier League starts this season and only four in all competitions.

“We spoke at length on Wednesday,” said interim United manager Ralf Rangnick, revealing the 26-year-old’s desire to quit Old Trafford.

Manchester United v AC Milan – UEFA Europa League – Round of Sixteen – First Leg – Old Trafford
Anthony Martial has become frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford (Martin Rickett/PA)

“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.”

Martial became the world’s most expensive teenage footballer when United signed him from Monaco in September 2015.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace – Premier League – Old Trafford
Ralf Rangnick says Manchester United have received no interest in Martial ahead of the January transfer window (Martin Rickett/PA)

The £36 million (€68.7 million) fee, potentially rising to £58m, made him United’s third most expensive signing at the time after Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata.

Martial made a memorable debut, coming off the bench to score a superb solo goal against Liverpool, and has gone on to score 79 goals in 268 appearances.

But he has fallen down the pecking order of United forwards following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Jadon Sancho and the emergence of Mason Greenwood.

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Martial scored on a memorable Manchester United debut against Liverpool in September 2015 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Rangnick confirmed there has been no interest in Martial ahead of the January transfer window, and he could stay at United.

He said: “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.”

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