Martial was 'in a sulk' about losing United's No.9 shirt – Scholes

The former Manchester United midfielder thinks Anthony Martial was sulking about his shirt number earlier this season, but says he is over it now

Anthony Martial was “in a sulk” about losing the Manchester United No.9 shirt to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to Paul Scholes.

The ex-United midfielder says shirt numbers would never have bothered him in his playing days, but feels they are significant for others like David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Man Utd fixture pile up spells trouble

Scholes hopes Martial – who now wears number 11 – has got over it and urged the France international, along with team-mate Marcus Rashford, to learn from Ibrahimovic.

The Swedish striker has hugely impressed Scholes since arriving at Old Trafford on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 20 goals in all competitions. 

“Some players care about it, others don’t – I wouldn’t have cared one bit about numbers,” Scholes told The Daily Mail.

“I can imagine David Beckham being unhappy about taking the number seven off him, or Cristiano Ronaldo. 

“If Zlatan wasn’t number nine, I don’t think he would be too happy about it. Martial did seem to be in a sulk, but he seems to have got over it.”

Asked if Ibrahimovic’s presence has had a negative impact on Martial and Rashford, 11-time Premier League winner Scholes said: “I don’t think so. 

“It will be a great education playing with someone like that. I don’t see Martial as a centre-forward anyway. 

“He doesn’t have the cleverness to be a centre-forward for United, but as a left winger he could be one of the best in the world and Ibrahimovic isn’t stopping him developing.

“Maybe more so with Marcus, but he is 19 and better coming into games at the moment on the left or right-hand side. 

Big brother no bother for Pogba

“He should be watching Ibrahimovic every day in training. I’m sure he is capable of taking over that role one day.

“They rely too heavily on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has been a great signing but there has not been someone there to chip in with goals and take the pressure off him.

“We knew what stars [Paul] Pogba, Ibrahimovic and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan were. They have all played at massive clubs and were ready-made special players. 

“It was what was needed. It is no surprise how well Zlatan has done, although he would have struggled in a [Louis] van Gaal team.”

Martial was 'in a sulk' about losing United's number nine shirt – Scholes

The former Manchester United midfielder thinks Anthony Martial was sulking about his shirt number earlier this season, but says he is over it now

Anthony Martial was “in a sulk” about losing the Manchester United number nine shirt to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to Paul Scholes.

The ex-United midfielder says shirt numbers would never have bothered him in his playing days, but feels they are significant for others like David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Man Utd fixture pile up spells trouble

Scholes hopes Martial – who now wears number 11 – has got over it and urged the France international, along with team-mate Marcus Rashford, to learn from Ibrahimovic.

The Swedish striker has hugely impressed Scholes since arriving at Old Trafford on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 20 goals in all competitions. 

“Some players care about it, others don’t – I wouldn’t have cared one bit about numbers,” Scholes told The Daily Mail.

“I can imagine David Beckham being unhappy about taking the number seven off him, or Cristiano Ronaldo. 

“If Zlatan wasn’t number nine, I don’t think he would be too happy about it. Martial did seem to be in a sulk, but he seems to have got over it.”

Asked if Ibrahimovic’s presence has had a negative impact on Martial and Rashford, 11-time Premier League winner Scholes said: “I don’t think so. 

“It will be a great education playing with someone like that. I don’t see Martial as a centre-forward anyway. 

“He doesn’t have the cleverness to be a centre-forward for United, but as a left winger he could be one of the best in the world and Ibrahimovic isn’t stopping him developing.

“Maybe more so with Marcus, but he is 19 and better coming into games at the moment on the left or right-hand side. 

Big brother no bother for Pogba

“He should be watching Ibrahimovic every day in training. I’m sure he is capable of taking over that role one day.

“They rely too heavily on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has been a great signing but there has not been someone there to chip in with goals and take the pressure off him.

“We knew what stars [Paul] Pogba, Ibrahimovic and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan were. They have all played at massive clubs and were ready-made special players. 

“It was what was needed. It is no surprise how well Zlatan has done, although he would have struggled in a [Louis] van Gaal team.”

Man Utd target Griezmann admits Simeone has made him one of the world's best

The Atletico Madrid forward, who continues to be linked with a summer move, insists he would not be the player he is today without the Argentine coach

Antoine Griezmann has credited Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone with turning him into “one of the best players in the world”.

The France international was taken to the Spanish capital from Real Sociedad in a big-money deal back in 2014.

Griezmann prefers La Liga to EPL

He was charged with the task of following in some illustrious footsteps, with Diego Costa the most recent high-profile frontman to have departed Vicente Calderon.

Griezmann slotted seamlessly into the Atletico fold, with a 25-goal haul marking a productive return in his debut campaign.

Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid Barcelona Copa del Rey

He improved that record to 32 efforts in all competitions last season and already has 16 to his name this term.

The 25-year-old also secured a third-place finish in the 2016 Ballon d’Or and is now the subject of intense interest from Manchester United, as they plot a summer raid for his services.

UCL or not, Utd confident on Griezmann

Griezmann is now considered to be among the finest forwards on the planet, but he insists that standing has only been made possible by the coaching he has received from Simeone.

He told FIFA’s official website: “He’s changed me. He’s brought so many things to my game that it’s hard to even begin to say what they are.

‘Man Utd need Griezmann or Aguero’

“Let’s just say that I wouldn’t have been regarded as one of the best players in the world if it weren’t for him.

“More than anything he’s helped me to be more effective in front of goal, to take every chance that comes my way, and, of course, to run and run and work hard for the team. You can’t make it at Atletico if you don’t do that.”

Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Celta La Liga.

While the speculation regarding his future rages around him, Griezmann has sought to ignore the rumours and remain focused on his football.

He is not about to waver in that stance, with no thought being given to moving on as Atletico prepare to enter an exciting new era in their history.

Copa final to be last game at Calderon

Griezmann added: “On a personal level I’m very happy, and in football terms we’re about to move to a new stadium, which is very important.

“We’ll just have to see what the future brings, but for now I’m very happy here and I hope to win trophies with this club.”

Scholes expects Rooney to leave Manchester United

The former Red Devils midfielder believes that the captain will be struggling to cope with his place on the substitutes’ bench

Wayne Rooney will leave Manchester United unless he regains his starting place under Jose Mourinho, according to his former team-mate Paul Scholes.

The United captain has had to settle for a rotation role this season and has started only eight Premier League matches.

Scholes makes lofty Man United predictions

Scholes thinks the situation will be “killing” Rooney and he does not envisage the England international seeing out his career at Old Trafford unless the situation changes.    

“If it carries on going the way it is, I can’t [see him staying another two years],” Scholes told The Daily Mail, referring to the time left on Rooney’s contract.

“Maybe it will be re-assessed at the end of the season if he is in and out of the team.

Wayne Rooney

“I don’t see him as a player who will accept that. He will want to be at a team where he is playing every week.  

“It is a strange one. No one will be more frustrated than Wayne at not playing. Being a sub will be driving him up the wall. When he gets his chance he has to take it because he has real competition.

“It will be killing him just coming in for the Europa League or the FA Cup. But it is up to him to get his head down and prove he can play in the big games.”

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United are in action against Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie, with Rooney, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones ruled out of the match.

Scholes thinks Mourinho has to take the competition seriously and believes his old club are favourites to go all the way.

He continued: “This year with a top-four place not guaranteed, winning this competition is massive because it is a way into the Champions League.

“There are still some decent teams in it, but the way United are playing now they are favourites to win it.”

'I see him at Manchester United' – Inter winger Perisic backed for Old Trafford move by Simic

The Croatia international has been heavily linked with a Premier League move, with Chelsea and Liverpool also said to be keen on acquiring his talent

Ivan Perisic has “enough class” to grace the books at Manchester United, according to Croatia legend Dario Simic.

The Inter Milan winger has generated plenty of transfer speculation over recent months, with his future in Serie A called into question before the winter window.

No move was made in January, but gossip regarding a potential big-money switch refuses to go away.

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A departure by Perisic from the San Siro to the Premier League is considered the most likely option, with there plenty of English interest in the 28-year-old.

Chelsea, Liverpool and United have all been heavily linked with the Croatia international, who has impressed across Europe during spells in Belgium, Germany and Italy.

Ivan Perisic Inter Bologna

Simic believes another high-profile transfer could be in the offing, saying Perisic could make the grade at Old Trafford.

He told Vecernji : “At Inter our guys Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic play a key role.

Gabigol ‘very happy’ at Inter

“I expected Perisic in the last transfer window to go to one of the big European clubs.

“He definitely has enough class for the greatest clubs – I see him at Manchester United.”

Perisic has scored seven times for Inter in all competitions this season, but was sent off as tempers boiled over during Inter’s recent 1-0 defeat to rivals Juventus.