Anthony Martial during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton in Manchester, England, February 2021.

Watch: Rangnick claims Martial refused inclusion in Man Utd squad

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has claimed that Anthony Martial refused to be included in the squad for Saturday’s draw with Aston Villa.

United were leading 2-0 at Villa Park thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ brace before being pegged back through strikes from Jacob Ramsey and Phillipe Coutinho.

The visitors had two goalkeepers among their eight substitutes, when nine are allowed, and Rangnick said he wanted Martial to fill the available spot.

Speaking to the press after the 2-2 draw, Rangnick said: “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 was the reason why he didn’t travel with us yesterday.”

Martial later rejected the claims of his interim manager.

The France international wrote: “I will never refuse to play a match for Man United. I’ve been here for 7 years and I never disrespected and will never disrespect the club and the fans.”

The attacker hasn’t played in the Premier League since a brief cameo against Arsenal at the start of December and has failed to score a league goal since a 1-1 draw with Everton in October.

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