A furious dad has hit out at Manchester United Football Club – after his son’s shirt was rendered out of date already.
Schoolboy Joseph Malone saved up his weekly pocket money to buy the club’s new away top, and decided to have winger Adnan Januzaj’s name printed on the back, along with the player’s squad number, 44.
But the 15-year-old has been left sick as a parrot when, a few weeks later, the Belgian star was given the number 11 shirt instead, previously worn by Ryan Giggs, by manager Louis van Gaal.
Now Joseph’s dad, Shaun, has hit out at the club after his son was refused a shirt exchange by staff at the club’s official megastore.
Shaun, 48, from Pasture Grove in Eckington, said: “I phoned the club on several occasions and they’ve said there is nothing they can do. They said there are no refunds or exchanges.
“Joseph watches all their games. He streams the matches live. On the day he ordered the shirt he got up at 3.30am to watch a pre-season friendly match. He then went on their website and ordered his shirt.
“He clicked Januzaj’s name and the number 44 was automatically chosen.
“Now they have decided to change his number to 11, so Joseph’s shirt is no good.”
Shaun has since discovered that staff at the club’s megastore were advising people not to have numbers printed onto shirts ahead of potential changes before the start of the new season.
But he said there was no such warning on the club’s website.
“Man United are a multi-million pound club. I can’t see why they wouldn’t do a shirt exchange. It wouldn’t cost them much,” he said.
Manchester United did not respond to requests from The Star for a comment.