It didn’t take long for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stamp his authority at Manchester United.
The Swede, Jose Mourinho’s biggest signing to date, exerted his seniority over Anthony Martial by taking his No. 9 shirt. Ibrahimovic posted a picture on Instagram on Thursday with the caption: “I chose the number 9 @manchesterunited”.
The former Paris Saint-Germain forward was the king at the Parc des Princes and is clearly intent on taking a seat on the throne at Old Trafford.
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But if Ibrahimovic was expecting Martial to simply accept being ‘demoted’ to the No. 11 shirt, he can think again.
The 20-year-old’s recent social media activity hints that he is rather unimpressed at the switch. And he has reason to be if reports in France claiming Martial wasn’t even consulted are true.
New look on social media
Over the weekend the Frenchman changed his Facebook profile picture to a promotional image for his website which includes his ‘am9’ logo.
He also switched his cover photo to one of him from behind during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley which clearly displays his old number nine.
For Martial’s brand, the switch to No. 11 is bad news. But it’s also a clear indicator that, despite being one of United’s best players last season, he remains a rookie. Especially when compared to Ibrahimovic, 34.
The former Barcelona forward has worn numbers eight, nine and 10 throughout his career, so he didn’t necessarily need to steal Martial’s number.
Ibrahimovic signed a one-year contract with United so it’s doubtful Martial will be wearing No. 11 for too long.
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