Anthony Martial has struggled to reach the heights of last season at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, with the player picking up injuries and not being guaranteed a place in the starting team. When Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in the summer, he took Martial’s shirt number, meaning the Frenchman had to give up his number nine and now wears 11.
The player’s agent, Philippe Lamboley, has claimed Martial was upset by the decision but is very attached to the supporters.
I’m not going to lie to you. Yes, it got to him. Yes, it surprised him. Yes, he was disappointed… for two days. But he’s professional. He knew how to get back into things straightaway. Personally, I find that decision out of order and disrespectful to my player. I told Manchester United’s board that. You just don’t do it. So we accepted it, we turned the page, but we didn’t rip it up.
They have a very professional relationship. I am sure that Jose Mourinho will know how to bring the best out of Anthony like Louis van Gaal did before him. He is very happy at United. He is not smiling all the time but that’s part of his personality. People who know him well know that he is a smiling, open and warm guy. He is very attached to the fans who have welcomed him so nicely. He has only one ambition: to have a great season and win titles with United. What he has accomplished already is amazing, he is only starting his career. And I promise you the best is to come.