Photo: Martial pictured embracing Rangnick after United beat West Ham

Anthony Martial was summoned from the bench as Manchester United chased a late winner against West Ham this afternoon.

Plenty has been written and said about Martial’s relationship with Ralf Rangnick in recent days.

The German said the striker refused to be part of the squad for the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa; Martial denied that claim.

Rangnick said the situation had been resolved and Martial was part of the squad for the 3-1 win at Brentford, but did not get on the pitch.

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But Rangnick put his faith in Martial here and he responded by playing his part in Marcus Rashford’s late winning goal.

Martial did not get much chance to make an impact on the game on his comeback, but he did manage to make an impression.

After the match, Martial was pictured embracing Rangnick as the whole squad and stadium celebrated the late win.

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And Rangnick also praised Martial in the media after the game, telling MUTV: “Since we last spoke one-and-a-half weeks ago, I told him it’s about being professional until the very last day no matter how long he stays or when he leaves.

“It was good to have this conversation with him.

“He’s [Martial] a top player, one of the best strikers in the Premier League but we have other players in his position and it is his wish to leave but, as I said to him, it always takes different parts to find an agreement.”

“The way he [Martial] trained and played when he came on today showed his professionalism I expect from everybody.”

It seems like the situation is resolved, but Martial is likely to keep on trying to find a move between now and the end of the transfer window.

The question is whether any club will put forward an offer which satisfies Martial and United’s financial demands, but he has at least offered a reminder of his quality and got back on the grass with this crucial contribution.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.