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Ralf Rangnick hails Anthony Martial for role in West Ham United win

Rangnick hails Martial for role in West Ham win
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Manchester United interim head coach Ralf Rangnick hails Anthony Martial for his performance against West Ham United.

Manchester United interim head coach Ralf Rangnick has paid tribute to Anthony Martial for his performance in Saturday's 1-0 win over West Ham United.

The France international has signalled a desire to leave Old Trafford this month and is expected to move on before the winter transfer window closes for business.

Rangnick said that the attacker refused to be a part of the squad against Aston Villa last Saturday, but the 26-year-old denied the claim, and the pair have since resolved the issue.

Martial came off the bench to play a vital part in Marcus Rashford's winning goal against West Ham on Saturday, playing in Edinson Cavani, who assisted the only goal of the contest.

Rangnick has hailed the forward's professionalism against the Hammers, with the victory moving the 20-time English champions into fourth spot in the Premier League table.

"When we last spoke one-and-a-half weeks ago, I told him it is all about being professional until the very last day. No mention of how long he will stay or wanting to leave, for me it is about being professional. I think it was good to have this conversation with him," Rangnick told reporters.

"In the last two games, he was part of the squad and today he played a vital role in creating that goal we scored.

"I know that he is a top player, one of the best strikers in the Premier League, but we have other players in this position and it is his wish to leave and as I said to him, 'listen, it always takes different parts to make an agreement' and the way that he trained and the way he played when he came on today showed that the professionalism that I expect from everybody.

"I am happy that he was playing today and that he could come on and that he played a vital role in preparing that goal."

Barcelona, Sevilla and Juventus have all been credited with an interest in Martial's services this month.

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