Gary Neville weighs in on Anthony Martial’s desire to leave Man Utd in January transfer window


Anthony Martial has expressed his desire to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window after growing frustrated with the lack of game time this season

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Manchester United should grant Anthony Martial’s wish and allow him to leave in the January transfer window, according to Gary Neville.

Martial has been on the fringes of the United squad so far this season, making just 10 appearances, six of which have come from the bench.

The 26-year-old has grown frustrated by the lack of opportunities at the club and is pushing for a move in January .

“Anthony wishes to leave the club in January,” Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley told Sky Sports on Friday.

“He just needs to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”

Martial joined United from Monaco in a £36million move in September 2015 and has gone on to contribute 79 goals and 50 assists in 268 appearances for the club.

But he has been marginalised by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo this season, with competition for places in attack fierce.

Former United defender Neville believes that, with Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani on the books, the club can afford to let Martial leave.

“I think if they can get good money for him,” he said.

“I think that now the time has come. I think Manchester United have always been wary of getting burned, of him leaving for £25m and then going on to become a £100m player because he is a special talent.

“I just don’t think he’ll ever work at Old Trafford to the extent they’ve got Rashford, Greenwood, Ronaldo, Cavani, other players as well.

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“I just think now is the time for him to leave and go and play regular football so I think it’s the right time.”

Martial is under contract with United until June 2024, while the club also have the option to extend his deal by a further year.

The Frenchman signed a bumper contract extension in January 2019, which is worth £250,000 per week according to Sky Sports .

He is currently sidelined with a knee injury, so has not been available for either of Ralf Rangnick’s two games in charge.

Speaking before Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Young Boys, Rangnick said: “Anthony trained in the final session before Palace.

“After training, the doctor and the medical dept informed me he has pain on his knee. We agreed he should try to recover.”

United face Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon following their 1-1 draw against Young Boys.

Rangnick is set to ring the changes once more after using the club’s final Champions League group stage match as a way to look at the team’s fringe players and youngsters.

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