Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Martial furiously denies Rangnick 'refusal to play' claim, Ronaldo and Haaland latest

ANTHONY MARTIAL has angrily denied claims from Ralf Rangnick that he didn't want to be in the squad for Man Utd against Aston Villa.

He posted on social media: "I will never refuse to play a match for Man Utd.

"I've been here for seven years and I never disrespected and will never disrespect the club and the fans."

Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to watch the 2-2 draw from the sidelines.

The Red Devils looked to have secured the points after a double from Bruno Fernandes, but capitulated late on.

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland has hit out at his club Borussia Dortmund for trying to force him into a quick decision on his future.

Get all the latest Man Utd transfer news, updates and gossip on our live blog…


  • Justin Lawrence

    Sancho criticism

    Jadon Sancho is just a 'shadow' of himself and is showing a worrying lack of pace, says Jamie Redknapp.

    The pundit believes the winger is low on confidence and has a massive challenge to get back into the Manchester United team.

    After United's match against Villa, Redknapp said: "He's low on confidence. I'm watching him play and he's a shadow of the player we saw in the Bundesliga.

    "He's good in close areas but my biggest worry is that he doesn't have the pace to run past people."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Richard praises Fernandes

    Micah Richards has praised Bruno Fernandes for his display against Aston Villa.

    Fernandes got on the scoresheet in United's 2-2 draw with Villa and Richards reckons the Portuguese playmaker's back to his best.

    Richards said on Match of the Day: "It was the Bruno Fernandes of last season. He really was back to somewhere near his best.

    ‘He just dictated the game. He gets a bit lucky with the first goal but if you don’t shoot you don’t score."

  • Justin Lawrence

    'Move them on'

    Roy Keane has declared he would keep just THREE players from the current squad.

    Speaking after the match, the Irishman was asked by Jamie Redknapp how many players he could rely on from the current squad.

    Replying, Keane said: "How many would I keep you mean? I don't know, I really don't."

    To which Keane replied: "Yeah. Oh yeah Bruno, people like [Cristiano] Ronaldo, it's not all doom and gloom.

    "You have [Raphael] Varane, you have some good young players there."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Martial hits back at Rangnick

    Martial has hit back at Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick after the German claimed he refused to travel to Aston Villa.

    Martial was absent from the matchday squad amid speculation he could be leaving Old Trafford this month but he denied allegations he refused to play.

    Martial wrote on his Instagram story: "I will never refuse to play a match for Man United.

    "I've been here for seven years and I never disrespected and will never disrespect the club and the fans."

    The outburst comes in response to Rangnick blaming the Frenchman for his absence in Saturday's match.

    Rangnick said: "He didn't want to be in the squad.

    "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)."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Morning, United fans

    Ralf Rangnick and Bruno Fernandes fumed after Manchester United surrendered a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa.

    Fernandes twice punished Villa errors lethally but home debutant Philippe Coutinho notched an assist and a goal in a brilliant late cameo.

    That left the Red Devils still seventh, with interim boss Rangnick admitting it was ‘very difficult to find positives’.

    He told Sky Sports: “I felt it was the best game since I came here, in the first half for 30 minutes we dominated.

    “When you are 2-0 up you have to defend better than we did in the last 15 minutes. We gave away too many balls.

    "It feels like a defeat, to be honest.”

    And two-goal midfielder Fernandes was even more blunt.

    He told Sky: “I’m not happy at all, obviously everyone is happy to score goals but I prefer to win.

    “I prefer to take away my two goals and have someone else score and win the game than to score myself.

    “But today makes no sense because we just get one point and we want to get the three.”

    Meanwhile, Deportivo Alaves are reportedly preparing to terminate Uruguay winger Facundo Pellistri's loan from United early.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ralf: Martial REFUSED to be in squad

    Ralf Rangnick has sensationally revealed that wantaway forward Anthony Martial REFUSED to be involved in the squad to face Aston Villa.

    The Red Devils dropped more ground in the race for the top four after blowing a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against the Villans on Saturday evening.

    United were without Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford for the clash in the Midlands due to injury.

    And with Martial unwilling to feature for the club, United were forced to hand youngster Anthony Elanga his first start of the Premier League season.

    Having ruled himself out of travelling with his team-mates, United had to name just eight substitutes – including two goalkeepers.

    Martial has let it be known to interim boss Rangnick that he wishes to depart the Theatre of Dreams this month as Sevilla look to secure his services.

    The 26-year-old continues to push for a move away with Rangnick declaring the player has no interest in pulling on the United shirt.

    Speaking of his absence following the disappointing result against Villa, the German gaffer said: "He didn't want to be in the squad.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Fuming Fernandes

    Manchester United hero Bruno Fernandes declared he's 'not happy at all' after his side threw away a two-goal lead against Aston Villa.

    The Red Devils looked to be heading for a 2-0 win at Villa Park with the Portuguese midfielder scoring in either half.

    But Ralf Rangnick's side had to settle for a point after the Midlands outfit scored two late goals through Jacob Ramsey and debutant Philippe Coutinho.

    The result leaves United in danger of missing out on Champions League football for next season as they sit in seventh spot in the Premier League.

    Victory against Villa would have seen United close the gap on fourth-placed West Ham to three points.

    It's now just one win in their last four top-flight matches, and Fernandes has taken a leaf out of Cristiano Ronaldo's book by hitting out at his team-mates.

    Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, the 27-year-old said: "I'm not happy at all, obviously everyone is happy to score goals and I'm one of them too, but I prefer to win the game.

    "I prefer to take away my two goals and have someone else score and win the game than to score myself.

    "Anyway, of course I'm really happy to score, I want to score goals, I want to try to help the team, and I think if I score I can help the team.

    "But today makes no sense because we just get one point and we want to get the three."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils still rely on Bruno

    MAN UTD VERDICT: Manchester United were convinced they had three points in the bag thanks to a Bruno Fernandes double – until Steven Gerrard sent for his 'little magician!', writes GRAME BRYCE.

    And hey presto, stellar signing Philippe Coutinho lived up to his nickname by pulling a rabbit out of the hat to stun United on his Villa debut.

    Ralf Rangnick reacts to Man Utd’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa

    The 29-year-old Brazilian somehow conjured up two late Villa goals in a sensational 22-minute cameo performance, as he made Villa's first goal for Jacob Ramsey before scoring a dramatic late equaliser to snatch a point.

    That left ecstatic Villa fans licking their lips at the prospect of what Coutinho could be capable of over 90 minutes when he returns to full fitness.

    Meanwhile United fans left licking their wounds – on a day when their own world class superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was ruled out through injury.

    Even the most pessimistic United fan must have thought they were home and dry when Gerrard sent on Coutinho in what appeared to be his last throw of the dice.

    Most of them were still busy cheering Fernandes's second strike, seconds earlier when the Portuguese midfielder burst through Villa's defence to lash a shot in off the underside of Emi Martinez's crossbar for his seventh goal of the season.

    At that point the visitors seemed to be cruising to three deserved points after a much improved display.

    United will kick themselves for taking their eye off the prize after being handed the perfect start at their favourite away ground.

    And prhaps Cristiano Ronaldo was right and there is a soft centre to this United team, who should never have surrendered two late goals … Coutinho or no Coutinho!


  • Ian Tuckey

    Fernandes: We were in control

    Bruno Fernandes insisted Manchester United were in control – before Aston Villa cnacelled out his two goals for a 2-2 stalemate.

    He told Sky Sports: "We got into the perfect position to score more goals and take the third goal and finish the game, but we don’t get our chance on the counters and gave the chances to them.

    "They have good players up front and draw the game, it is tough to take because I think the game was under control.

    Credit: PA

    "After our first goal they began to press us more, but still we had our chances and could have scored again.

    "They got more space between the lines, with the quality of players they have up front, they hurt you.

    "The performance was better than the result, more controlled but the main point is winning games and points. We deserved more.. We still have a lot to improve."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ralf: Tough to find positives

    Ralf Rangnick admitted it was 'very difficult to find positives' after Aston Villa's 2-2 comeback draw robbed two-goal Manchester United hero Bruno Fernandes of victory.

    Interim United boss Rangnick told Sky Sports: "I felt it was the best game since I came here, in the first half for 30 minutes we dominated the game.

    "We had taken took some steps forward but have a few things to do better.

    "The plan was to press them in the midzone and we did that very well in the first 30 minutes, and control the ball, and those were the positives. When you are 2-0 up you have to defend better than we did in the last 15 minutes.

    "We gave away too many balls at times in the last 15 minutes, we were not as compact as before and conceded the two goals. In the last 15 minutes before half time we were not as courageous to step up.

    "It was better in the second half and then you have to take the three points home. It feels like a defeat, to be honest."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Sky cut to ads DURING Utd game

    Armchair Manchester United and Aston Villa fans fumed as Sky Sports went to an advert break DURING the tense finale to the 2-2 draw.

    As the match entered stoppage time, coverage of the clash suddenly disappeared and was replaced by some unplanned ads.

    After less than a minute the game came back on and viewers had not missed anything of note.

    But it still left football fans beside themselves as puzzled Sky viewers took to social media.

    One said: "Sky going to adverts during an injury in Villa v Man Utd. That better not be a thing now."

    While another added: "Sky have put adverts mid game??? What are they doing?"

    Sky Sports presenter Dave Jones was then forced to apologise for the technical issue at full-time.

    He said: "Really apologise if you were watching that on Sky Sports Main Event and we lost you for a couple of minutes due to a technical hitch."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd sub ratings

    Jadon Sancho (for Elanga, 78) – 5

    Came on a minute after Villa had pulled one back – so was never the ideal time.

    Donny van de Beek (for Fernandes, 88)


    Jesse Lingard (for Greenwood, 88)


    Substitutes (not used): Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Juan Mata, Tom Heaton, Dean Henderson.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rest of the Utd team rated

    Anthony Elanga – 8

    Boss Rangnick says he was close to starting the winger against Villa in the FA Cup – this time he gave the Swede his big chance.

    And he didn't disappoint. United will love to see a winger show the confidence to charge at the opposition full-back.

    Edinson Cavani – 6

    His movement gave Villa defenders all sorts of problems in the first half.

    But compared to his usual high-level performance, the Uruguayan was somewhat subdued up top.

  • Ian Tuckey

    More Red Devils ratings

    Nemanja Matic – 6

    Came in for the suspended Scott McTominay, and must have enjoyed the first half where he controlled the midfield.

    Had to be disciplined in the second half on a yellow card as Villa threw everything forward.

    Mason Greenwood – 7

    Seemed to have a free role in the first half, starting out wide right, then switching to the left before coming more inside.

    Buzzed around to prove a constant threat to the Villa backline.

    Bruno Fernandes – 8

    Big chance to prove his worth with compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo missing with injury – and got off to a flier with a clever strike that Martinez spilled into his own goal.

    Things got even better for the Portuguese star when he finished brilliantly to make it 2-0, and the smile was back on his face.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd ratings continued

    Rafael Varane – 7

    On his top form, you can see exactly what the Frenchman brings to the team.

    Confident on the ball and just has that presence that sadly captain Maguire doesn't seem to have right now. But guilty of ball-watching as Coutinho netted the equaliser.

    Alex Telles – 6

    Struggled to usurp Luke Shaw from the left-back role, but it seems Rangnick likes something in the 29-year-old Brazilian.

    Clever with his little touch on the free-kick that saw Fernandes score the opener.

    Fred – 6

    Started off neat and tidy, but as the game wore on saw him becoming more ragged in his positioning as Villa pushed for an equaliser.

    Got an assist for Fernandes' second – so decent enough there – but then undid that work by prodding the ball straight to Villa's Jacob Ramsey to score his team's goal.

  • Ian Tuckey

    United ratings at Villa

    David De Gea – 8

    Stunning save on 35 minutes when he denied Emi Buendia at point blank range from a corner.

    He was there again to deny a certain equaliser on 47 minutes to parry out Jacob Ramsey's effort. Untouchable at the moment.

    Diogo Dalot – 6

    Still hard to work out whether the Italian has a future at Old Trafford. Looks tidy enough but doesn't offer enough offensively when attacking.

    Was penned in anyway in second half, where he did a solid enough job on Villa's wingers.

    Victor Lindelof – 7

    Looked a lot more assured next to Varane – which is worrying for Harry Maguire.

    Comfortable bringing the ball out, and won his aerial battles when needed.

  • Ian Tuckey

    F/t: Aston Villa 2 Man Utd 2

    Sub Philippe Coutinho bagged an instant assist and goal on his debut in Villa’s stirring fightback from 2-0 down to a Bruno Fernandes double.

    Villa handed Fernandes both goals before their deserved comeback draw kept United in seventh place.


  • Ian Tuckey

    Cout on me

    Philippe Coutinho has already done better in 20 minutes for Villa against Manchester United than he did for Liverpool in five years.

    That's according to these bare stats anyway…

  • Ian Tuckey

    Coutinho magic! Aston Villa 2 Man Utd 2

    Sub Philippe Coutinhoteed up Jacob Ramsey to ram Villa back in it – and four minutes later levelled it himself at 2-2


  • Ian Tuckey

    Latest: Aston Villa 0 Man Utd 2

    Two Villa mistakes, two Bruno Fernandes goals.

    This time Fred teed up Fernandes to thunder home off the bar on 69 minutes to give United a flattering two-goal lead.

    On came Villa's vaunted new signing Philippe Coutinho.


  • Ian Tuckey

    H/t: Aston Villa 0 Man Utd 1


  • Ian Tuckey

    Latest: Aston Villa 0 Man Utd 1

    Villa keeper Emi Martinez's blunder handed Bruno Fernandes a sixth-minute United opener.

    Edinson Cavani later gave United an injury scar.

    But the striker soon returned as the Red Devils possibly look better without injured Cristiano Ronaldo.


  • Ian Tuckey

    Karim: Utd aces must change for Ron

    Karim Benzema has told Manchester United players they must adapt to Cristiano Ronaldo's style.

    Benzema says he learnt to give Ronaldo space at Real Madrid.

    Credit: Getty

    But since Ron left for Juventus before returning to Old Trafford, Benzema claims he has switched from goal maker to taker.

    The 33-year-old  told France Football: Benzema told France Football: "When he played for Real Madrid he scored between 50 and 60 goals a season.

    "So you have to adapt to this reality. I had to move more on the pitch, give him space.

    "When he left, what changed was that it was my turn to take over; to score goals and to provide assists to my other teammates.

    "I've taken over in my own way and it's going well."

    "I don't play like Cristiano Ronaldo and he doesn't play like Karim Benzema,” added the 33-year-old.

    "When Cristiano Ronaldo was at the club, I was more the one who created more goals and he the one who finished but now I have changed."

  • Ian Tuckey

    It's under way: Aston Villa 0 Man Utd 0

    United kicked off in today's final Prem game.

    Here are the teams:-

    Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne, Sanson, Douglas Luiz, Ramsey, Buendia, Ings, Watkins.

    Subs: Steer, Kesler Hayden, Hause, Targett, Young, Iroegbunam, Chukwuemeka, Coutinho, Archer.

    Man Utd: De Gea, Alex Telles, Varane, Lindelof, Dalot, Fred, Elanga, Matic, Bruno Fernandes, Greenwood, Cavani.

    Subs: Heaton, Henderson, Maguire, Jones, Lingard, Mata, van de Beek, Sancho.


  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils should take a Pott on Graham

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson reckons United should make Graham Potter their new boss.

    The Red Devils have been linked with several foreign managers but Merson thinks they should be looking closer to home.

    He said on Sky Sports: “If I was Man United I’d be watching Potter, why not go for him?”

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