Manchester United’s ongoing revolution under new interim manager Ralf Rangnick has got off to a good start, and the January transfer window will be the next big milestone.
There’s been much talk over who could arrive at Old Trafford over the coming months, but Rangnick will also be keen to offload any deadwood within his first-team squad.
And one fringe player who is likely to depart is Anthony Martial. His representative Philippe Lamboley recently outlined his intention to leave United in an interview with Sky Sports News.
“Anthony wishes to leave the club in January,” confirmed Lamboley. “He just needs to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January, and I will speak to the club soon.”
Since then, Eurosport’s Dean Jones has claimed that Atletico Madrid are interested in snapping up the 26-year-old talent as part of a swap deal, opening the door to an imminent exit.
Jones’ report states that: “Atletico Madrid are planning to explore the possibility of an exchange deal with Manchester United in a bid to land Anthony Martial.”
It appeared as though Martial was making great strides in his career after a hugely promising 2019/20 campaign saw him bag 23 goals and lay on a further 12 assists across 48 appearances.
However, the £180,000-per-week flop has failed to build on that momentum in the subsequent 18 months, putting in a string of underwhelming performances.
United legend Roy Keane branded Martial’s attitude a “worry” midway through last season, while a shocking display against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup this term drew further criticism.
“His (Martial’s) positioning was, to put it simply, was God awful,” said Mike Parrott of the Manchester Evening News.
“We all saw how absurd it was to see how slow he was when he is supposed to be in his absolute prime or if not even a bit earlier than his prime. He just looked really off the mark, and technically he just wasn’t there.”
After finding the back of the net on just one occasion in ten outings throughout 2021/22, Rangnick must grant Martial his wish and axe him this winter, sanctioning his sale to Atleti or another interested party.