MANCHESTER UNITED have been dealt a blow after Anthony Martial demanded to leave the club.
The Frenchman has not been a regular this year and boss Ralf Rangnick confirmed he is now looking for a change of scenery.
But Rangnick added that no bid has come in for the Monaco star and therefore it is likely he will have to stay at Old Trafford.
The German stated: ““Yes we spoke on Wednesday. We spoke at length.
“He explained to me he’s been at Manchester United now for seven years and he feels it’s the right time for a change, to go somewhere else.
“In a way this is understandable, I could follow his thoughts but on the other hand, it’s also important to see the situation of the club.
“We have Covid times, we have three competitions in which we still have high ambitions.
“I told him as long as there is no club showing interest in him, and it should not only be in the interest of the player it should also be in the interest of the club.
“So far, as far as I know, there has been no offer from any other club and as long as this is the case he will stay.”
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UNITED ARE LEVEL!
It’s that man Edinson Cavani, a second half sub, who has got Manchester United level.
The Red Devils don’t deserve it, but they’ll take it as Newcastle’s defenders gift the Uruguayan with two bites of the cherry to tap home in the box.
20 minutes plus stoppage to go, United will think they can win this now.
Gary Neville blasted Manchester United’s players for being ‘whinge bags’ against Newcastle.
Neville’s former side found themselves 1-0 down at St James Park after just seven minutes following Allan Saint-Maximin’s opener.
It left United all pointing the finger at each other as they cut a distressed look.
He said: “They’ve not done one single thing right as a team and not one player can go in at half-time and say they’ve done their job or even done themselves justice.
“They’ve not had a game in 16 days but I’m not really looking at that to be honest because there’s still a lot of basics they can do properly – which is win your battles, go in for tackles properly, show a bit of urgency and look like it matters.
“They’re whinging at each other, they’re a bunch of whinge bags. Their arms are up in the air, they’re complaining about everything.
“They got the last manager the sack Ralf Rangnick is not going to get the sack, but they’ll get a lot of managers the sack if they perform like that.”
NEWCASTLE 1-0 MAN UTD H/T
Very little cutting edge in that first half from United, who have really failed to test Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal.
The hosts lead at the break 1-0 thanks to a goal by the lively Allan Saint-Maximin.
Much to ponder for Ralph Rangnick during the interval.
We’re past the half an hour mark at St James’ Park, and Manchester United are yet to register an effort at goal.
Buoyed by the home support, Newcastle still lead and are giving it all they’ve got.
But the Red Devils are beginning to string passes together now and enjoying spells of better possession.
Still, they need to start fashioning chances.
United are a goal down.
Poor defending from Varange and Maguire has allowed Allan Saint-Maximin to fire home from the edge of the area.
It’s the first goal conceded under the Rangnick regime.
All to do now.
We’re off and underway at St James’s Park.
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UNITED LINE-UP V NEWCASTLE
Here’s confirmation of the first eleven to take on the Toon.
As well as the return of Varane, United welcome back Mason Greenwood into the starting line-up in the place of Jadon Sancho.
Edinson Cavani is worth a place on the bench.
Raphael Varane is back in the Manchester United line-up for the game at St James’ Park.
The French defender has had his injury woes, but Ralph Rangnick will now be hopeful the World Cup winner can muster up a run of games and get match-fit.
Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick has seen it all.
However, he’s never managed a team during the Christmas period.
According to the Man Utd official Twitter, it’s something he’s really looking forward to.
Edinson Cavani’s proposed transfer to Barcelona could be back on, according to reports.
Catalan newspaper Sport claim that a move on track for the January transfer window, after the Uruguayan agreed to take a pay cut.
All that is needed is for United to give the green light for the former PSG striker to be allowed to join.
If United don’t sell, they could be forced to losing Cavani on a free transfer at the end of the current campaign anyway.
According to Sport, Red Devils officials are considering terminating his current deal to allow him to link up with the LaLiga club.
Cavani has struggled at Old Trafford this season, as injuries have taken their toll and restricted him to just eight games in all competitions.
United dealt Wirtz blow
United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of German wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
The Bayer Leverkusen playmaker is said to be a transfer target for the Red Devils.
However, Rudi Voller, the club’s president, has insisted Wirtz imminent future remains with the Bundesliga side.
Meanwhile, David De Gea has revealed how new manager Ralf Rangnick is implementing a new regime at Old Trafford.
He said: “It’s very intense, every session, every moment with him is intense. You have to give 100% every time in training and in the games.
“The team is training with energy, with pace and now we have to show that in big games.”
Rangnick is also adamant wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba needs to “get fit” before talks about a new deal can be discussed.
The German said: “On the day he came back from Dubai we spoke in person.
“Right now, it’s about for him to get fit again.
“I think this will take as far as I know another couple of weeks until then my full focus is on the players who are available in the upcoming games.”