If you were thinking the fiasco over Anthony Martial’s no.9 shirt at Manchester United had been resolved after the striker re-followed the club on social media, you were wrong.
The French striker seemed to have ended 48 hours of speculation today by re-following United on Instagram and Twitter, having initially unfollowing them after the club failed to inform him over handing his no.9 shirt to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
But, here comes an utterly bizarre twist, Martial’s estranged wife, Samantha, has now reignited the fire by liking Ibrahimovic’s Instagram post revealing he had taken the Frenchman’s shirt number.
The France international was handed the jersey for his debut campaign at Old Trafford after his arrival from Monaco but after just one season he’s been forced to make way for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
20-year-old Martial split from his childhood sweetheart in April after allegations that the Frenchman had been unfaithful and he had cheated on her with an X Factor contestant in Paris.
The 20-year-old apparently changed his cover photo and profile picture on Facebook after the squad numbers were released – and both images are surprisingly dominated by the number nine.
Manchester United revealed their squad numbers for the 2016/17 season on Thursday and it was announced what numbers new signings Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as well as Ibrahimovic, would be wearing.
The French attacker recently named as the most valuable U-21 player in the world, according to a report by Soccerex.
Martial scored 17 goals in 49 appearances for the Red Devils and was also part of the France squad which reached the final of Euro 2016, only to be beaten by Portugal.