Anthony Martial has denied refusing to play for Manchester United.

United boss Ralf Rangnick claimed Martial chose not to sit on the substitutes’ bench against Aston Villa and did not travel with the squad.

(Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Speaking to MUTV about Martial, Rangnick said: “He [Martial] Didn’t want to be in the squad, he would normally have been in the squad, but he didn’t want to and that’s why he didn’t ride yesterday.”

The comments sparked an angry reaction from followers and Martial has now responded to deny the allegations.

Martial is being paid a hefty wage by United and if he were to refuse to play it would be a huge insult to the club’s supporters.

There appears to have been a major breakdown in communication between Rangnick and Martial and the manager threw the player under the bus with his post-game comments.

Martial is likely to leave the club before the transfer window if the club can find a taker. Martial’s high wages have so far prevented a deal.

Manchester United training session(Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Martial has not played a single game under Ralf Rangnick or even sat on the bench, but has trained with the professional team. He appeared to be in good spirits on Thursday as he was pictured above.

Sky Sports report Martial earns £250,000 a week, a salary he agreed to when he signed a contract extension in 2019.

Rangnick was speaking after Manchester United’s draw with Aston Villa, which saw the side squander a two-goal lead after a brace from Bruno Fernandes.

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