Has this Manchester United fan in China just confirmed Zlatan won't wear number nine after all?


Football fans in China were left frustrated as the pre-season friendly between Manchester rivals United and City was called off just hours before kick-off due to the state of the pitch at the Olympic Stadium in Beijing.

Supporters were still arriving at the stadium after it was called off - only to be given the bad news - with some having paid as much as £150 for a ticket and having made long-haul trips to get a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of their Premier League heroes.

If that wasn't bad enough, spare a thought for this Zlatan Ibrahimovic fan who not only didn't get to see the enigmatic Swede in the flesh (and tattoos), but also ended up with this "souvenir" of the day.

But could it be that this guy knows something we don't ... has Zlatan decided to let Anthony Martial wear the number nine jersey after all?

Martial was a victim of seniority - and perhaps ego - when it was confirmed that the club had decided to hand Zlatan his number nine jersey and bump Martial up to 11.

Martial promptly changed his Facebook profile to a picture with a prominent number nine, which caused some United fans to worry he might want a move away now.

It's hard to imagine Martial would leave a club of United's stature on the back of, well, what is on his back, and certainly the United fans who turned up at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing could be forgiven for thinking they've had a rawer deal.

Bingtzen Lee had just heard the news via social media as he stood leaning on a railing with his friends outside the stadium.

They had made the 400-mile trip from Zhengzhou and Lee, donning a 'Jose: United's Special One' scarf, was understandably unhappy, saying: "I am really disappointed. We travelled a long way from the middle part of China, about two-and-a-half hours on the train.

"We came here for two days just to watch this game. We feel really bad. I think the organiser didn't do their job well. We don't know anything because we didn't even receive an announcement from the organiser.

"This was the first we would see Manchester United. We were very excited."