“[Romelu] Lukaku called me and said “Bro, can I get the number 9 kit?” I told him that I was not going to make it difficult for him. I am not on that level. I want him to feel happy and welcome. So I gave him the number 9. But I will take the number 10. That’s the way we do it. So I never left, I just upgraded my number,”
“I think Nemanja Matic signing brings stability to the team that was not there last year. Let’s say Lukaku was a quality signing, but the important one is Matic. To have a player that is consistent on that level, is important.
“However, I think this will be [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan’s season, because last season he struggled a little bit in the beginning. Then he started his real play. This season he started on a fantastic note. People underestimate him, because he does not have the worldwide name like the others. It could be because he comes from a small country. But this year he will get what he deserves as he has the quality. So my bet is on Mkhitaryan. But if he does not provide me with balls, he will not play (smiles).”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play for Manchester United for another season. He is not yet fully recovered from injury and will still miss first part of the season.