The squad numbers available at Manchester United for new signings – Manchester Evening News

Waiting for new players to be assigned their squad number is almost as exciting as the transfer deals themselves.

On the back of an encouraging season — which included a second-place finish in the Premier League and reaching the Europa League final — Manchester United wasted no time getting down to business.

Indeed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and key figures responsible for incomings and outgoings at Old Trafford have already made a double statement of intent.

A move four years in the making, Jadon Sancho is finally a United player after Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund agreed to sanction his £72.9million return to the Premier League.

Sancho was then followed through the door by Raphael Varane, the highly-decorated France defender who spent 10 successful years with Real Madrid.

Upon completing those deals, Sancho and Varane were handed 25 and 19 respectively… so what numbers are now left on the table for further potential signings? Here, we take a closer look at the United squad numbers which are yet to be assigned this season:

Number 12 – Chris Smalling and Phil Neville are the two former United players who are most associated with the No.12 shirt – which was, of course, reserved for substitutes in bygone years. There was some thought that Varane might have chosen it, before he ultimately settled on 19.

Number 15 – Worn by several players throughout the Premier League era, such as Daley Blind, Luke Chadwick and most famously Nemanja Vidic, the No.15 is now unassigned after Andreas Pereira completed yet another loan move this summer window , to Brazilian side Flamengo.

Number 24 – Once printed on the back of United greats David Beckham and Paul Scholes before they switched to more iconic numbers, this shirt belonged to Darren Fletcher for more than 10 years during his Old Trafford career. Since then, Timothy Fosu-Mensah wore 24 between 2016 and 2021.

Number 28 – Another option which has been temporarily vacated by a loanee; this time Facundo Pellistri. The talented Uruguayan prospect was handed the No.28 shirt upon his move to Old Trafford last summer, but he once again finds himself on loan at Spanish side Deportivo Alaves.

Number 30 – While this is not usually a jersey associated with first-team players, might Lionel Messi have started a new trend upon his move to big-spending French side Paris Saint-Germain? Assigned to Nathan Bishop last season, the number has no real history at Old Trafford.

As things stand, the other following shirt numbers are also available; 32, 35, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50.

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