After reclaiming the number nine jersey from the departed Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial has expressed his delight of wearing the shirt.
Martial was handed the number nine jersey when he joined from AS Monaco back in 2015 but was forced to surrender the number to Zlatan Ibrahimovic who arrived from Paris Saint-Germain. The Frenchman was forced to play as a winger with Ibrahimovic and later Romelu Lukaku being the preferred target men.
In an interview with TV2, Martial revealed why the number nine shirt is so special to him, "Ever since I was a kid, I’ve played with number nine on my back. It’s my favorite number. Now I get to play in my position. It is in the striker role that I want to show that I am the best. At the moment things are going pretty well.
"When you play as a striker, your task is to score as many goals as possible. The striker role does mean a little extra pressure, but that’s not something I think about at all. Whatever personal goals I set; I’d rather keep it to myself.
"Marcus Rashford and I work well together. Most of our qualities are same. We know each other well, both on and off the field. We have been playing together for several years now, it is going very well. So now we just have to keep working in the training field and perfecting the collaboration."