Anthony Martial denies accusations of 'refusing to play' for Man United
The French forward was not part of the Manchester United squad for their visit to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Anthony Martial has responded to claims from Ralf Rangnick that the Frenchman wasn't included in the Manchester United squad for their trip to Aston Villa because "he didn't want to be in the squad."
Martial missed United's game at Villa Park on Saturday in which they were pegged back twice after goals from Jacob Ramsey and Philipe Coutinho, on his debut, cancelled out Bruno Fernandes' brace.
Before the game, Rangnick revealed that he intended to include the forward, who is actively seeking a move away from Old Trafford, in his squad but the 26-year-old didn't want to be included.
Man Utd interim manager Ralf Rangnick says Anthony Martial didn't want to be in the squad for their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa in the Premier League 😳 pic.twitter.com/D3009cJMmJ
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Anthony Martial: I will never refuse to play for Man United.
"He didn't want to be in the squad," the German told Sky Sports before the game
"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 [Friday]."
However Martial took to social media to fire back at the comments and insisted he would never "refuse" to play for the club.
Anthony Martial: I will never disrespect Man United fans.
Posting on his Instagram story, he said: "I will never refuse to play a match for Man Utd.
"I've been here for seven years and I never disrespected and will never disrespect the club and the fans."
Game time has been hard to come by for the wantaway Frenchman who has yet to feature since a 3-2 win against Arsenal in December.
The 26-year-old also hasn't been named in a Premier League starting XI since 2 October and having revealed his desire to leave, has been the subject of interest from the likes of Sevilla and clubs in his native France.