As expected, Ralf Rangnick was asked about the Anthony Martial case at Tuesday’s press conference, after Rangnick said that Martial did not want to be part of the squad against Aston Villa, while the striker emphasized on Instagram that he would never refuse to play for Manchester United.
So what really happened?
It became part of both the open first part of the press conference, but also of the blocked part of the press conference before the Brentford match.
First, Rangnick said this on the open section:
– I had a conversation with him on Sunday, a personal conversation about what happened, and how I looked at the whole situation. The case is now resolved.
– He did not train yesterday, or the day before yesterday. He will probably train today, and after training I will make the decision whether he will be elected [til Brentford-troppen] or not and we’ll see.
In the blocked part of the press conference, however, one journalist wanted to know who it was that was actually telling the truth.
– You said that Martial refused to go to Villa Park. He later said himself that he would never refuse to play for United. Who’s telling the truth?
– I said everything there was to say about it after the match. I took him out (in the squad) before the match. Then he was still not with. You can draw your own conclusions from that.
With that answer, it is difficult to understand anything other than that Rangnick at least believes that he has been telling the truth all along in this case.
– But we talked together on Sunday, and now everything is clarified. Then there is no point in adding anything more to this case, said the United manager.