Marcus Rashford hailed Anthony Martial as his “brother” after the Manchester United forward left Old Trafford to complete a January loan transfer to La Liga club Sevilla
Marcus Rashford sent an encouraging parting message to Anthony Martial after the Manchester United forward joined Sevilla on loan until the end of the season.
Martial, 26, completed his move to the Spanish club on Tuesday in search of first-team opportunities after failing to make an impression under United interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Rashford was the man who struck the added-time winner against the Irons to make it back-to-back goals in the top flight.
The Englishman has a strong bond with Martial dating back to the 2015/16 season and sent him his best wishes as his loan switch to Sevilla was announced.
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Responding to United’s tweet confirming the transfer, Rashford wrote: “Good luck my brother @AnthonyMartial.”
The duo have been supportive of each other throughout their time as teammates and Martial praised his attacking colleague for his late strike to clinch all three points against West Ham.
He commented on Rashford’s Instagram post captioned “Fergie time” to write “Well done bro” with a love heart.
Martial previously spoke of his “great connection” with the 24-year-old following the 2019/20 season, during which they were firing on all cylinders to plunder 45 goals between them.
“With Marcus, I think that we’ve been playing together for five seasons now and so, yes, we have that good understanding. It’s a real positive for us that we have this great connection,” he told United’s official website in August 2020.
Martial added: “We just try to help each other out. For example, there are some games where maybe a shot is on and then I decide to wait and see, and I give him the ball because I want him to score.
“And he does the same thing for me, so you see, we’re not just focused on scoring all the time.
“We’re always going to do everything we can for the team to win which means that, if he is better placed than me or I’m in a better position than him, we’ll always give each other the ball in order to score.
“There is healthy competition, but the biggest thing is the positive rapport that we have with one another.”
Meanwhile, in their statement confirming their latest loan exit, United wrote: “Martial, who will wear Sevilla’s No. 22 shirt, will become the second United player to appear in Spain’s top flight this season, following Facundo Pellistri.
“Everyone at United wishes Anthony the best of luck for his time at Sevilla.”