Manchester United manager Ralph Rangnick has confirmed rumours going around that club striker Anthony Martial wants to leave the club.

The German tactician cleared the air on the issue at a Press conference held ahead of Manchester United’s trip to St. James’Park to play Newcastle.

The newly signed manager said Frenchman Martial ‘feels [it] is right time for a change’.

“Yes, we spoke at length and he explained to me that he has been with Manchester United now for the last seven years and he feels that it might be the right time now for a change, to go somewhere else.” Rangnick said.

“I know this is in a way understandable and I could follow his thoughts but on the other hand it’s also important to see the situation of the club.”

However, Rangnick said that he won’t be waving goodbye to the player unless there is an offer for him;
“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 a move 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.” the formerLeipzig boss added.

Rumours of Martial leaving Old Trafford had began earlier this month when the former Monaco striker announced through his agent that he wanted to find a new club, Philippe Lamboley (Martial’s agent) then said “Anthony wishes to leave in January…He just needs to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”
Man United’s manager Rangnick had played down those rumors by saying he didn’t communicate with agents in the media, and if the player is bent on leaving, he would need to tell him personally.

Being a former FIFA Golden Boy award recipient, Anthony Martial has shown overtime his brilliance for the Red half of Manchester but has at other times been poor in performance.

The 2019/20 season was the Frenchman’s best for United when he scored 23 goals in all competition to be the Club’s highest scorer that season but failed to follow up such brilliant performance. His one goal in 10 league games speaks volume of his below par performances.

Since arriving at Old Trafford in the summer of 2015 Martial has enjoyed an erratic career, scoring 79 goals in 268 appearances.

Having joined the club recently, Rangnick became United’s first manager in the last 10 years to win his first two games as head coach as he defeated Crystal Palace at home and ran out as a winner against Norwich away. Both games were won by a lone goal.