Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford new shirts hanging in Old Trafford dressing room

by Leo Nieboer

A dressing room photo of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford‘s shirt numbers for next season has been released.

Martial has been handed the No.11 shirt, with the No.9 shirt falling into the hands of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It has been reported that the Frenchman was incensed at not being informed of the shirt change, although the recent commotion is likely to have stemmed from the 20-year-old’s PR team, rather than Martial himself.

Rashford has also received a shirt change, going from No.39 to No.19 – the number of former home-grown striker Danny Welbeck.

The photo reveals the new shirt for the upcoming season, with Martial and Rashford’s shirts being next to each-other in the changing room.

In a season plagued by inane, ponderous football, Martial and Rashford provided a precious ray of light in an otherwise tumultuous campaign under Louis van Gaal.

Whilst the rest of the squad seemed to regress under the weight of the Dutchman’s oppressive system, Rashford and Martial were fearless. The raw power on the ball, the exquisite finishing and sheer boldness in their approach kept the season alive, and let Manchester United fans dream of a brighter future.

And with the additions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Man United’s attacking lineup, alongside a more direct attacking mentality imposed by Jose Mourinho, the two youngsters have an excellent opportunity to continue their rise to stardom in the upcoming campaign.

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