“Do you want your number 9 back? Show me you deserve it ‘: Anthony Martial reveals Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s challenge to justify the returning iconic shirt after Jose Mourinho took it from him to give to Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Anthony Martial had not previously had a Z9 shirt taken from him by Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- He regained it this season and took up the gauntlet laid by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Frenchman has 21 goals in all competitions and has recently been in top form
- Striker revealed that Solskjaer had told him to prove he deserved No. 9
Anthony Martial has revealed the challenge that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put on him that inspired his fantastic season for Manchester United.
The Frenchman has 21 goals in all competitions and is driven by the need to do justice to the famous No. 9 shirt.
Martial told Canal Plus, “He [Solskjaer] sent me a message, he said “do you want to take back your number 9 shirt?”
Anthony Martial is in sparkling form this season and has regained number 9
“I just said yes! I said yes and he told me now it’s up to you to show me [that you deserve it] every time you are on the field. ‘
Martial previously wore No. 9 before being given to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the club.
It was then returned to Martial last summer, and the 24-year-old is enjoying his best campaign for the Old Trafford club.
Solskjaer is pleased with the striker’s progress and said this week, “He is definitely developing, improving and enjoying his football.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the Frenchman to justify getting the shirt with his displays back
Martial responded to the challenge by scoring 21 goals in this league in all competitions
“I think he stepped it up this season, as an individual and more as a team player, as well as physically.
“I remember there were talks that our forwards were the least active last season and some statistics were flying around, but Anthony is now working very hard for the team and he is a quality quality finisher.”
Martial showed his class in the 2-2 draw against Southampton and scored a sensational goal after striking in from the left.
He will be looking to add to his game as United face Crystal Palace on Thursday evening.
They remain on par with Leicester on points, but are fifth on goal difference.