Anthony Martial has lifted the lid on how Ralf Rangnick's arrival at Manchester United coincided with his Old Trafford exit.
The Frenchman wrapped up a six-month loan deal to join Sevilla in the transfer window after struggling for first-team action at United. Martial had made just eight appearances in the Premier League prior to his temporary exit.
After becoming a fringe player at Old Trafford over the past couple of seasons under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Martial had already made up his mind to quit the club in the pursuit of regular first-team action. And his mind didn't change after a chat with Rangnick – despite the fact that the German told Martial he'd play under him.
"When he (Rangnick) arrived, my objective was to leave. I told him I wanted to leave and that's it," Martial told the Daily Mail. "He talked to me and said, "if you want to stay, with the way you train you will play if you keep training like that". But I wanted to have a new atmosphere and a new club."
And he revealed that he had to leave United after conceding that he stopped enjoy football at the club. He added: "For me, it was the best option to play and enjoy football again. I lost it a little bit in Manchester because I was not playing."
Martial's stuttering United career couldn't be further away from the rapid start he made to life in the Premier League. But the striker failed to sustain the exciting form that he produced in the weeks after becoming the most expensive teenager in football history as a result of his £58million switch from Monaco back in 2015.
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While Rangnick was seemingly keen to keep Martial around the club, the 26-year-old was desperate to try and kickstart his floundering career with a move abroad. But he's not fared much better overseas.
He's bagged just one goal in six games for the Spanish side and has also been sidelined with a hamstring injury. But Martial is on the way back and happy in Seville, adding: 'I feel very good in Sevilla. The city is very good and we are a good team so, for me, it's perfect. I'm playing so I'm happy."
While he hasn't managed to find the net, he is still in with a shot at lifting some silverware before he returns to Old Trafford and ponders his next move. The Spanish outfit are currently second in the league – albeit 10 points behind runaway leaders Real Madrid.
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