Anthony Martial holds talks with Ralf Rangnick as striker eyes January move away from Man Utd

Anthony Martial has become frustrated at Old Trafford


Anthony Martial held talks over his future with Ralf Rangnick on Wednesday as the France striker eyes a move away from Old Trafford next month.

Martial wants regular football and has his sights set on a move to Sevilla in the winter transfer window after falling down the pecking order at United.

Interim manager Rangnick knows he must trim a bloated squad if he is stand any chance of making any notable additions next month.

Philippe Lamboley, Martial’s agent, went public earlier this month with his client’s desire to leave United, a move that irked Rangnick given the failure to first discuss the situation with the club.

Martial has missed Rangnick’s first three games in charge, against Crystal Palace, Young Boys and Norwich City, owing to a knee injury and it remains to be seen if he is involved against Newcastle at St James’ Park on Monday.

United’s Carrington training base reopened on Tuesday after a Covid-19 outbreak forced the postponement of the Premier League games against Brentford and Brighton and Martial held talks there with Rangnick on Wednesday afternoon over his future.

Sevilla, who have tried to sign Martial in the past, favour a loan move the 26-year-old and, like many other clubs, would struggle to meet his £200,000 a week plus wages in addition to funding a substantial transfer fee.

Meanwhile, Rangnick has added a third new coach to his backroom staff at Manchester United.

Ewan Sharp has joined the club as an analyst and assistant coach as Rangnick continues to reshape his first team staff.

Sharp, who was born in Stirling, Scotland, arrives from Lokomotiv Moscow, the Russian club that Rangnick left last month to take over as interim manager at United.

Rangnick’s association with Sharp dates back to their time at the New York Red Bulls where the former Toronto FC assistant coach worked as a performance analyst.

Sharp – whose appointment was confirmed by United on Wednesday – will join Chris Armas and Sascha Lense who have already joined Rangnick’s staff as assistant coach and sports psychologist respectively.

Former New York Red Bulls analyst and coach Ewan Sharp has joined Ralf Rangnick's backroom staff at Manchester United

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Rangnick is also thought to be taking some counsel from mentor Helmut Gross, with whom he first worked in Stuttgart’s youth set up 30 years ago. Gross is not being formally employed by United.

Sharp spent two years until August 2017 as director of performance analysis at Northwestern University in Illinois in the US before joining the New York Red Bulls. He had only joined Lokomotiv last month following a 10-month spell at Toronto, where he briefly worked with Armas. 

The move for Sharp, who has a masters in business administration and a degree in sport business management and graduated in sports leadership from Mercyhurst University in 2014, marks another step in the overhaul of the backroom staff former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left behind.

Michael Carrick quit after a brief spell as caretaker manager in order to spend more time with his family and Kieran McKenna has left to take over as Ipswich Town manager. Martyn Pert, another of Solskjaer’s assistants, has moved to Ipswich as McKenna’s No2. 

Mike Phelan is the most prominent coaching figure still left at the club from Solskjaer’s reign but his position appears vulnerable. Goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis and set-piece and individual development coach Eric Ramsay are also still at the club.

United announced this week that the players have returned to training at Carrington on a staggered basis in the wake of a Covid outbreak at the club that led to the postponement of the Premier League matches against Brentford and Brighton.

Only seven first team players were available for the Brighton match, with many isolating and others recovering from injury. Carrington was closed before reopening on Tuesday, with Rangnick hoping there will be no more disruption at the club.

United are due to face Newcastle at St James’ Park on Monday in what would be the club’s first match for 16 days.

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