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Giving Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United No9 To Blame For Anthony Martial Form, Says Agent

Giving Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United No9 To Blame For Anthony Martial Form, Says Agent

Manchester United disrespected Anthony Martial by giving his No9 jersey to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, his agent has claimed.

The France forward was ‘surprised and ‘disappointed’ at being stripped of his original number when the giant Swede arrived.

Martial wore the shirt during his first season at United but he now sports No 11 after Ibrahimovic took over the No 9 after signing in the summer.

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Philippe Lamboley, the player’s representative, has described the decision to as ‘disrespectful’ in an explosive interview with French media outlet RMC Sport.

Martial had an outstanding breakthrough season at Old Trafford after signing from Monaco last season, but his performances have failed to hit the same heights this season.

He has scored only two goals in twelve appearances under Jose Mourinho.

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Lamboley said: “The loss of the No 9 shirt has been mentioned to justify his start to the season.

“I am not going to lie to you. Yes, this has affected him, yes this surprised him, yes it disappointed him… for a few days. But he is a professional. He then got back into the swing of things.

“Personally, I have not accepted this decision that I deemed uncalled for and disrespectful towards my player.”

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