Meanwhile, Miguel Delaney of The Independent reported Martial would like to stay, but sources at the club believe manager Jose Mourinho could let him leave as he brings in attacking reinforcements this summer amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Juventus.
"He [Martial] has nearly fallen off a cliff with Mourinho and if he had to let one of them go it would probably be Martial".
Mourinho's words will do nothing to quell the exit talk surrounding Martial & Rashford, though it is important to note that at 22 and 20 years of age respectively, the pair have youth on their side and perhaps their roles as supporting players is fitting for the time being.
But ESPN say that the club will snub any offers they receive for Rashford, who has featured in 97 of Mourinho's 112 games in charge.
As Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez came alive at the Etihad to stun Manchester City, Romelu Lukaku remained a strangely subdued figure.
"But we always want more and we always want to show progression individually and as a team, so the numbers don't really matter as much as the results do to me".
"So in every club, at every level, from the top of the world to the amateur football clubs, you need more than 11 players and only 11 can start, is as simple as that, there's nothing I can do". Football can not be whittled down to catchy headlines; sacrificing genuine insight in favour of shock value deprives us of being able to have a meaningful connection with the sport online.
Asked about Martial's lack of game time, Mourinho said: "If I were you, I would ask why [Romelu] Lukaku plays every match, why [Nemanja] Matic plays every match. So probably I would have to reduce and send some away".