Anthony Martial “didn’t want” to be involved in Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa, claimed Red Devils boss Ralf Rangnick, as the attacker continues to push for a move away from Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old forward was absent as Rangnick named just eight substitutes for United’s trip to Villa Park, which ended all square after Philippe Coutinho completed a late comeback from two goals down.
Rangnick was already without Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo due to injury, with Anthony Elanga chosen to start on the left flank.
The United interim manager revealed last month that France international Martial is seeking a move away from the club due to a lack of minutes.
Sevilla were reported to be interested in Martial but are understood to be unable to afford his wages, with United apparently rejecting an approach to take him on loan until the end of the season.
Martial seems intent on forcing his way out, however, with Rangnick confirming after the Villa draw that the player unilaterally decided to not be in the squad.
Rangnick told reporters: “He didn’t want to be in the squad.
“He would have been in the squad normally but he didn’t want to and that’s the reason why he was not travelling with us yesterday.”
Martial was out with a knee injury during Rangnick’s first weeks, but he has yet to make an appearance in any competition since.