Confusion over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shirt number is adding to speculation surrounding Juan Mata’s Manchester United future.
The Sunday World says Ibrahimovic, the second United signing since Jose Mourinho took the manager’s chair, reportedly asked what number he would be taking during an exclusive MUTV interview.
The enigmatic striker allegedly replied to the information he was given by saying: “Eight? That’s cool.”
However, MEN are now reporting that the Sweden star will not be taking the number 8 jersey from his Spanish teammate.
This throws fresh light on Mata’s situation at Old Trafford, with several reports over the weekend stating that the Spain man had one foot out the exit door.