KEY POINTS

  • Ralf Rangnick revealed that he and Anthony Martial sat down and talked about the latter's transfer plans
  • Martial has been angling for a change of scenery after being forced to the sidelines by previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Rangnick's plans for the January transfer window could help facilitate Martial's move

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick revealed that he has spoken to disgruntled winger Anthony Martial regarding the latter’s wish to be transferred out of Old Trafford.

In their conversation, Rangnick reminded the winger that transfer moves are a two-way street and that a player’s desire to move has to coincide with interest from a club to make it happen.

"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," Rangnick was quoted by Manchester Evening News as saying.

Martial has been looking to leave the club that he joined in 2015 in search of more consistent first-team opportunities elsewhere as Manchester United is filled with talented forwards and wingers.

The arrival of Jadon Sancho in the most recent summer transfer window further compounded Martial’s problems as it suggested that he would be left out of most matches in order to accommodate the newest signing.

Rangnick previously spoke with reporters about Martial’s situation with the club, and the coach made it clear that he prefers speaking to players and their agents in person instead of discussing any plans through the media.

The 26-year-old French winger is not the only one pining for greener pastures as fellow winger Jesse Lingard has been searching for ways to leave the club as well.

However, recent rumors suggested that Lingard is giving it one more go with Manchester United thanks to the arrival of Rangnick at the club.

Should Lingard and Martial choose to depart, the Red Devils have a bit more breathing room to allow young talents such as Shola Shoretire and Anthony Elanga to shine.

There is hope that both disgruntled wingers can leave the club after the 63-year-old German tactician divulged his transfer plans for the upcoming January window.

Rangnick has the unenviable task of untangling the web of talent that his predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left him with, but it certainly looks like he is more than up to the challenge after showing that he can handle the Martial situation fairly and with a level head.

Anthony Martial Anthony Martial of Manchester United looks dejected during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on September 22, 2021 in Manchester, England. Photo: Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images