Ibrahimovic permits Lukaku to wear United  no9 Jersey 


The Belgian has chosen not to wear Wayne Rooney’s

No.10 jersey, instead opting for the number he

carries at international level.

Romelu Lukaku has revealed he will wear the

Manchester United No.9 shirt vacated after receiving

“permission” from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Lukaku is set to complete his £75 million move from

Everton in the coming hours after undergoing a

medical on Saturday, and will meet up with his new

team-mates in Los Angeles as they begin their pre-

season preparations.

And he has revealed that he has already chosen to

don the No.9 jersey, succeeding the departing

Ibrahimovic in the iconic jersey.

“I always asked my mother what number, and I

used to play with the 10 because my mother’s

birthday is on Oct. 10, so it’s the 10th month of

the year,” he told ESPN.

“That’s why I played with No. 10. I asked for the

number nine because I’m a striker.

“Strikers play with No.9. It’s a nice number, and I

asked the permission of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I want to

thank him, as well, for allowing me to wear that

number.”

The 24-year-old becomes the eighth United player to

be given the number nine since the introduction of

squad numbering in 1993. Brian McClair, Andy Cole,

Louis Saha, Dimitar Berbatov, Radamel Falcao and

Anthony Martial had all worn the shirt before

Ibrahimovic arrived at the club last summer, with

Martial being reallocated the number 11.

There was a belief that Lukaku may make a straight

swap with Wayne Rooney, who has taken the

Belgian’s Everton number 10 shirt after returning to

Goodison Park. But the famous United number 10

remains vacant for now with Lukaku favouring the

number he wears for his national team instead.

Lukaku could make his United debut on Saturday night

when Jose Mourinho’s side take on LA Galaxy at

the StubHub Center in their first pre-season fixture of

the summer.

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