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Rangnick reveals outcome of crunch Martial talks; praises potential Man Utd replacement

Samuel Bannister
Ralf Rangnick, Man Utd interim manager, faces the media after Premier League win at Norwich

Ralf Rangnick claims to have drawn a line under the issue between Anthony Martial and his availability for Manchester United.

Martial’s future has been something of an unwelcome distraction for Man Utd in recent weeks. There have been various stages to the saga, which all started with his agent admitting the forward wants out.

Rangnick then wanted Martial to tell him so himself. Meanwhile, rumours of potential next destinations for the Frenchman were surfacing.

Things took a turn recently when Rangnick claimed Martial had refused to play in a game against Aston Villa at the weekend. The attacker promptly denied such a suggestion.

It has not been a good look for club or player. They now must put their differences to one side so long as he remains in Manchester.

Therefore, Rangnick says the issue has been resolved after a conversation one day after the Villa game.

The interim manager said: “I’ve been here for six weeks. All the things that need to be said, I said after the press conference.

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“I had a conversation with him on Sunday, a personal conversation about what happened and how I saw the whole situation. The matter is now resolved.

“He didn’t train yesterday and before yesterday. He will probably train today and after training I will then take the decision if he is nominated or not.”

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In Martial’s absence against Villa, Rangnick gave a run-out to young prospect Anthony Elanga.

The Swedish starlet played on the left wing for his first Premier League start of the season. Although he did not last the full match, he seems to have done enough to earn more faith from Rangnick.

The 63-year-old said: “Yes, he’s a young player. He has enough pace, he has enough focus on the game.

“From the very first training session, the day before the Crystal Palace game, he just showed me. He was showing up in the training sessions and that was the reason I decided to play him at Villa Park.

“I think he did well. He showed exactly what I expected him to deliver in that game.

“He is a very bright boy. He’s doing the things, he listens to what he should do and he’s trying to put all the effort into his performances. I was pleased with his performance in the 75 minutes he played.”

Rangnick was speaking in view of United’s next match, against Brentford on Wednesday.

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