Rio Ferdinand urges Manchester United to intervene after Anthony Martial's row with Ralf Rangnick

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Rio Ferdinand urges the Manchester United board to step in and ‘shut down’ Anthony Martial if he’s found to be lying about refusing to be a part of the squad, with his comments ‘belittling’ interim boss Ralf Rangnick

  • Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to settle Martial and Rangnick’s row
  • Rangnick claimed Martial refused to be a part of the sqaud for their trip to Villa
  • Martial took to social media to dismiss those claims, saying it wasn’t true
  • Ferdinand believes the club need to get to the bottom of the matter quickly
  • The United legend suggested ‘shutting Martial down’ if he’s found to be lying 


Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to step in and ‘shut down’ Anthony Martial if he’s found to be lying about refusing to be a part of Ralf Rangnick’s squad for their clash with Aston Villa.

Rangnick claimed that Martial, who is pushing for a move in the January transfer window, told him that he did not want to be in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa.

‘He didn’t want to be in the squad,’ said Rangnick. ‘He would have been in the squad normally, but he didn’t want to. That is the reason why he was not travelling with us yesterday (on Friday).’ 

Anthony Martial was not a part of Manchester United's squad for their trip to Aston Villa

Ralf Rangnick said Martial did not want to travel with the United squad

Rio Ferdinand urged Man United to settle Anthony Martial (left) and Ralf Rangnick’s (right) row

That brought an angry response from the 26-year-old who posted a message on social media saying that he would never refuse to play for United or disrespect the club.

Martial wrote on his Instagram story: ‘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.’

However, while Sportsmail understands the two have had clear-the-air talks, Ferdinand wants the higher-ups at Old Trafford to bring the hammer down on the Frenchman if he’s found to be lying, given how his comments have ‘belittled’ Rangnick. 

Interim boss Rangnick insisted that Martial refused to play for United's clash with Aston Villa

Interim boss Rangnick insisted that Martial refused to play for United’s clash with Aston Villa

Taking to social media, Martial hit back at Rangnick's claim, saying he never refused to play

Taking to social media, Martial hit back at Rangnick’s claim, saying he never refused to play

‘Do you know what? That situation there is a perfect example for the hierarchy of that football club,’ Ferdinand said on the Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

‘If Martial isn’t telling the truth there – and I’m not casting any dispersions – but if he’s not telling the truth when he says he’s never refused to play or disrespected the club, if he did refuse then someone at that football club needs to come out and absolutely put this to bed.

‘They need to give pure clarity, put a line in the sand, put a flag down and say, “this is us and this is where we’re at”.

‘At the moment, Rangnick has come out with what he said and Martial responded and basically said the manager is lying.

‘Someone better come out today or tomorrow and say something. 

‘You can’t have a player coming out and belittling what you say. No chance.

‘He needs to get shut down if it’s true. If Rangnick is right, there’s no way any player should be allowed to speak like that.

United icon Ferdinand believes the club need to get to the bottom of the matter quickly

United icon Ferdinand believes the club need to get to the bottom of the matter quickly

‘I don’t understand it. Manchester United can’t allow players to talk like that. There’s a truth and a false in this situation and I want to know.’

Martial has not played for United since early December due to a knee injury and the uncertainty over his future at Old Trafford.

He met with Rangnick shortly after he began the job and told him of his desire to leave amid interest from Sevilla. 

However, United rejected a loan offer from the Spanish club because it did not cover all of the player’s £200,000-a-week wages.

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