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02nd Sep 2015

Anthony Martial is following in the footsteps of his idol at Man United

Now he's taking his shirt..

Tom Victor

Shirt numbers at Manchester United mean more than at some other clubs.

The number 7 is the most iconic, with many top talents wearing it over the years, but for the club’s new big-money signing there’s one with even more significance.

Just two years ago, a 17-year-old Anthony Martial was overwhelmed to see that his locker in the Monaco changing room was next to that of superstar striker Radamel Falcao.

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Who would have thought then that he’d be taking the Colombian’s number nine shirt at Old Trafford after a multi-million pound move before his 20th birthday?


United fans will hope the new arrival does the shirt more justice than Falcao, though.

Just four goals wouldn’t be the best of returns for someone who cost £36m, regardless of Eric Cantona’s claims about the forward’s potential.