Man Utd's second major exit of INEOS era confirmed as star posts emotional video

Anthony Martial has confirmed his Man Utd exit. (Image: Getty)

Anthony Martial has announced he is leaving Manchester United when his contract expires this summer with an emotional statement on social media. The Frenchman was widely expected to depart as a free agent in June, and he has now sent a heartfelt message to supporters and the club as confirmation.

An Instagram statement read: “Dear Manchester United fans. It’s with great emotion that I write to you today to say goodbye.

“After nine incredible years at the club, the time has come for me to turn a new page in my career.

“Since I arrived in 2015, I have had the immense honour of wearing this shirt and playing in front of you, the best supporters in the world!

“You have been an unwavering support through the good times and the difficult. Your passion and loyalty have been a constant source of motivation for me.

“I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done for me. Your songs, your encouragement and your love for the club are memories that will remain engraved in my heart forever.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to all my teammates, technical staff and all the members of the club I have met during my nine years here. I am proud to have been able to share these experiences with you.

Anthony Martial leaves Man Utd with Raphael Varane. (Image: Getty)

“Manchester United will always be in my heart. This club has left its mark on my career and offered me an incredible opportunity to play in front of you.

“I’m leaving to take on new challenges. I’ll always be a Red Devil, and I’ll continue to follow the club’s results with passion.

“Thank you again for everything, and see you soon. With all my affection, Anthony Martial.”

Martial joins Raphael Varane in departing on a free transfer after the 31-year-old confirmed his exit earlier this month.

Both players – Martial unofficially – said goodbye to Old Trafford after United beat Newcastle United 3-2 in their final home game of the season.

The 28-year-old arrived in England as a teenager in 2015, joining from AS Monaco in an initial £36m deal.

Martial’s memorable debut goal against Liverpool headlines an impressive highlight reel over the last nine years, despite injuries preventing him from realising his potential.

He leaves United having made 317 appearances for the club, registering 90 goals and providing a further 47 assists.