Rio Ferdinand believes Man Utd board must step in after Anthony Martial claimed Ralf Rangnick wasn’t telling the truth about his refusal to play Aston Villa.
Bruno Fernandes’ brace put the visitors on course for victory at Villa Park on Saturday, only for Jacob Ramsey to retrieve one and replace Phillipe Coutinho to seal a 2-2 draw.
Man Utd had two goalkeepers among their eight substitutes – one below the number allowed – and Rangnick said he wanted Martial to fill that spot.
However, the German claimed the 26-year-old didn’t want to travel to Birmingham as he is pushing for a January exit, with Sevilla being one of the clubs.
“Yes, he didn’t want to be in the squad,” said Rangnick at the weekend.
“He would normally have been in the squad but he didn’t want to and that’s why he wasn’t with us yesterday.”
But Man Utd striker Martial continued to deny these claims Instagram, he said: “I will never refuse to play a game for Man United.
“I’ve been here for seven years and I’ve never disrespected the club or the fans and I will never disrespect it.”
The situation has left Ferdinand confused with the former Man Utd defender demanding the Red Devils’ ‘hierarchy’ come out and ‘absolutely put that to bed’.
“You know what? This situation there is a perfect example of the hierarchy of this football club.” said Ferdinand on his Vibe mit Five YouTube-Kanal.
“If Martial isn’t telling the truth there – and I’m not throwing out scatters – but if he’s not telling the truth, when he says he’s never refused to play or disrespected the club when he’s turned it down , then someone at this football club needs to come out and absolutely put that to bed.
“You have to create pure clarity, put a line in the sand, put a flag and say, ‘This is us and here we are’.
“Right now Rangnick has come out with what he said and Martial has responded and basically said the manager is lying.
“Someone better come out today or tomorrow and say something. You can’t have a player come out and belittle what you say. No chance.
“It needs to be shut down if it’s true. If Rangnick is right, no player is allowed to talk like that.
“I do not get it. Manchester United can’t allow players to talk like that. There is a truth and a falsehood in this situation and I want to know.”